The Bullitt at A Contemporary Theatre, the Seattle venue's smaller space, has a plethora of little, quiet shows set for season 2000-01 with the one person performance pieces Wallace Shawn's The Fever, David Hare's Via Dolorosa, Conor McPherson's St. Nicholas, Kevin Kling's From the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log and Dael Orlandersmith's MONSTER, plus McPherson's The Weir and a workshop production of Dmitri Lipkin's Moscow Nights.
The Fever, writer-performer Shawn's Obie-Award winning play, finds a Western traveler confronting his own moral and monetary values as he suffers from a fever in a run-down, third-world hotel far away from the comforts of home. John Procaccino stars with Laurence Ballard directing. The Fever runs June 8-25.
Hare's Broadway solo, Via Dolorosa, a reflection on Palestinian and Israeli relations from the Englishman's life experiences in the Middle East, runs July 13-30. David Pichette takes Hare's role, with Kurt Beattie directing.
A pathetic middle-aged critic sucked from his boring existence into the world of vampires is the subject of Conor McPherson's one-man show, St. Nicholas, running Aug. 17-Sept. 3. Laurence Ballard stars (in the role played by Brian Cox Off Broadway), with Jeff Steitzer directing.
Christmas will still be two months away when Kevin Kling's newest, From the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log, plays the Bullitt Oct. 11-29. Known for his National Public Radio commentaries "All Things Considered," Kling will reminisce on his youthful holiday memories, from rides to Grandma's in the 1965 Impala station wagon to helping a friend escape into Canada to avoid the draft. Lipkin will be developing and workshopping his Moscow Nights Nov. 8-19 with public readings and audience discussions on performance days. This new play is set in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn's Russian neighborhood where an immigrant family is gathering to celebrate the 75th birthday of their matriarch.
After 1999's production of The Gimmick, the Bullitt brings back Orlandersmith for her newest show, MONSTER, the story of Theresa, a talented Harlem girl, trying to forget her life of physical and verbal abuse in the East Village. MONSTER runs Jan. 19-Feb. 11, 2001.
As a final bonus in the season, four plays will be presented in four days at the FirstACT New Play Festival, Feb. 22-25. 2001's Seattle selections will be Kurt Beattie's The Bumpy Sutra, Bret Fetzer's The Dreamlife of Mata Hari), Mary Lathrop's Tales from the Salt Mines and R. Hamilton Wright's Greensward or A Really Funny Play About Genetic Engineering.
Subscriptions ($65) are available by calling (206) 292-7676. A Contemporary Theatre is located at Kreielsheimer Place at the corner of 7th Avenue and Union Street. A Contemporary Theatre is on the web at http://www.accttheatre.org.
-- By Christine Ehren