Geva Theatre of Rochester, NY announces its 1999-2000 season with a collection of recent Broadway and Off-Broadway.
€ Thunder Knocking on the Door, written and directed by Keith Glover, with original music and lyrics by Grammy Award-winner Keb' Mo', August 31 - October 3.
Thunder takes place at the crossroads of here and there, where a shape shifter challenges a songstress to a magical duel on the delta blues guitar. Glover discovered theatre when his mother took him to see For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow Is Enuf. An athletic high school student, in 1981 Glover wrote a play about football that came to the attention of New York's Young Playwrights Festival, where he was especially encouraged by mentor Ruth Goetz (The Heiress).
€ The Last Night of Ballyhoo by Alfred Uhry, Oct.12 - Nov. 14, originally commissioned for the Olympics Arts Festival in Atlanta, where the play debuted in summer 1996.
Ballyhoo is set in Georgia, where prejudice against (and among) Southern Jews arises during plans for the German-Jewish community's annual Ballyhoo ball. It's also the time of the release of the film classic, "Gone With The Wind," which takes place in Atlanta and deals with the Civil War and Reconstruction era. Ballyhoo centers on first cousins Lala Levy and Sunny Freitag, thrilled as they prepare for the social event of the season for the cream of Southern Jewish society. Ballyhoo ran 557 performances on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre.
€ A Christmas Carol, Nov. 26 - Dec. 26, adapted by Richard Hellesen from the Charles Dickens' classic tale of one man's ghostly journey to redemption.
€ Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, Jan. 4 - Feb. 6.
Beckett, one of the few playwrights to have won the Nobel Prize for Literature, is considered one of the quintessential playwrights of the twentieth century, although a majority of his plays have never seen Broadway. Godot premiered in 1953 at the Theatre de Babylone in Paris. While the play's meaning confused a majority of audience members, the success of its American debut is largely attributed to Bert Lahr starring as Estragon. € Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose, Feb. 15 - March 19, 2000.
In the quintessential courtroom drama, a jury deliberates over a murder suspect.
€ Martin McDonaugh's The Beauty Queen of Leenane runs March 28 - April 2000.
The drama pits 40-year-old spinster Maureen against her manipulative, selfish mother Mag in the cottage they share in Ireland's County Galway. The two verbally bat and scratch at each other, forever swapping the upper hand in a circular game of power. Mag delights in taking preemptive strikes at Maureen's happiness, and when a potential beau crosses into the maelstrom these two call home, Mag makes sure true love won't find a way.
For tickets or more information, call (716) 232-Geva.
-- By Sean McGrath