Emily Mann, the artistic director of the McCarter Theatre on Princeton, NJ— who will step up to the director's chair twice this season—unveils her work on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet on Sept. 14, when the show opens.
Romeo and Juliet is, of course, the Bard's classic story of the doomed teenage lovers of Verona. Though one of Shakespeare's best loved plays, it is infrequently staged in the U.S. The cast is made up by Remy Auberjonois, Sterling K. Brown, Jeffrey Carlson, David Cromwell, Sara Drew, Johnny Giacalone, David Greenspan, Mirjana Jokovic, Karl Light, Christopher Rivera, Steven H. Rowe, Myra Lucretia Taylor and Joe Wilson, Jr.
The 2001-02 season will also include, in early 2000, a new staging of Albee's obscure drama All Over. The original 1971 staging of All Over starred Jessica Tandy and Colleen Dewhurst under John Gielgud's direction. A recent Off-Broadway revival played in October 2000. In the past year, the popular Albee has seen major mountings of his Tiny Alice and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, as well as the New York City debut of the new The Play About the Baby.
Also on the roster is Vienna Notes, a 1979, pre-Reagan, pre-Clinton play by Richard Nelson about "an American senator who turns out to be as much of an actor as a politician"; and a new look at Moliere's Don Juan. The recently announced 2001-02 McCarter season includes:
• Romeo and Juliet directed by Emily Mann, Sept. 11-30
• Vienna Notes by Richard Nelson, directed by Daniel Fish, Oct. 16 Nov. 4
• A Christmas Carol, Dec. 6-30
• All Over by Edward Albee, directed by Emily Mann, Feb. 12-March 3, 2002
• Don Juan by Moliere, directed by Stephen Wadsworth, March 26 April 14, 2002
• A fifth play to be announced, April 30-May 19. Possibilities include Frank McGuinness' Dolly West's Kitchen and a new play by Eric Bogosian
—By Robert Simonson