Left, the third and last Mainstage production at Vassar College's New York Stage & Film summer season, is the latest work from the hyper-prolific Richard Nelson.
The drama concerns two gatherings, 40 years apart, between three friends. As is the author's wont of late, Nelson will direct his own work. The cast features Maria Tucci, Laurie Kennedy, Robin Weigert, Yvonne Wood, John DeVries, Thomas Sadoski, John Rothman and Heather Goldenhersh. The run lasts July 24-Aug. 4.
Nelson's Franny's Way was seen Off Broadway last season, and his new Proust-inspired musical play, My Life with Albertine, a collaboration with Ricky Ian Gordon, gets its world premiere at Playwrights Horizons in 2003.
The remaining NYS&F line-up is as follows:
Susan Stein Shiva Theater:
• Diosa by Edwin Sanchez, directed by Melia Bensussen, Aug. 2-4 Reading Festival #2, July 26-28
• A Perfect Dinner Party by Alexandra Gersten and Theresa Rebeck
• Picasso's Closet by Ariel Dorfman
• Rosemary and I by Leslie Ayvazian
• Wilderness or Mirrors by Charles Evered
The 18-year-old New York Stage & Film is particularly hot right now. Always a popular training ground for new plays, the troupe's 2001 season produced a high amount of success stories. Three productions—Mr. Goldwyn with Alan King, Donaghy's Boys and Girls and Jessica Goldberg's Good Thing—made it to New York City stages this season. Another show, David Henry Hwang's Largo, will be staged at Trinity Rep in Rhode Island in the coming season.
This year's crop is already off to a good start. Commercial producers are attached to Tuesdays with Morrie. The play is expected to reach New York.
For information, call (845) 437-5599.
—By Robert Simonson