Press reports indicate that New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) artistic director James C. Nicola is developing a new five-hour, two-night opus by John Guare titled Lydie Breeze, Part 1: Bulfinch's Mythology and Lydie Breeze, Part 2: The Sacredness of the Next Task. The shows would run over consecutive evenings, in repertory, at NYTW in May. As first reported in The New York Times, the two plays deal with a group of characters in a "19th-century utopian commune." They were originally known as Gardenia and Lydie Breeze when first presented in 1982 and are part of Guare's "Nantucket" trilogy of plays. Nicola had luck in a 1983 presentation of the works in Washington, D.C. The Times quotes Nicola as saying the plays are a "20th-century American classic."
-- By Murdoch McBride