Mother, a prostitute?! George Bernard Shaw challenged Victorian society's views on the world's oldest profession with the 1894 socio-political comedy, Mrs. Warren's Profession, now being revived on the Trinity Repertory stage Sept. 24-Nov. 7. Artistic director Oskar Eustis directs.
Anne Scurria stars as Mrs. Warren, the mother who has carefully guarded her night job from daughter Vivie, as the unconventional young woman seeks to find out the truth. Also in the cast are Stephen Berenson, Robert J. Colonna, Timothy Crowe, Maruo Hantman and Jenn Schulte.
The successful design team from Master Class returns with sets by Michael McGarty, costumes by William Lane and lighting by Russell Champa. Buzz Cohen is the stage manager.
Tickets are $38-$26 and available by calling the box office at (401) 351 4242. Trinity Rep is on the web at http://www.trinityrep.com.
* Eustis will again delve into skeletons in the closet that may destroy the lives of a younger generation when he directs David Mamet's The Cryptogram, playing December 1999-January 2000. In Cryptogram, a ten-year old boy's world is threatened by the secrets of the adults around him.
And, as tradition dictates, perennial audience pleaser A Christmas Carol will be offered during the holiday season.
January-March of 2000, has Trinity Rep audiences seeing Irish scribe, Martin McDonagh, visiting the town of Leenane with the Broadway hit, The Beauty Queen of Leenane. In Leenane, Maureen and her mother live in a tiny house in the bleak Irish countryside, tormenting each other relentlessly. Another play in McDonagh's Leenane series, The Lonesome West, opened on Broadway April 27.
Right now, plans are still underway to bring a world premiere to The Rep for a March-April slot, but the decision hasn't been made yet.
The classic Lerner and Loewe musical version of Shaw's Pygmalion, My Fair Lady,, will grace the stage of Trinity Rep for an April-May 2000 slot. In Lady, a poor Cockney flower girl is transformed into the ideal modern woman.
Trinity Rep fave Christopher Durang will have one of his plays one again grace the stages of Rhode Island for the May-June slot. Capping the season will be either Laughing Wild or his latest hit, Betty's Summer Vacation. Durang is the author of The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Beyond Therapy, and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You.
For tickets, or more information on Trinity Rep's season call (401) 351 4242.
-- By Christine Ehren and Sean McGrath