Seattle's Intiman Theatre, under the new artistic direction of Bartlett Sher (Waste), has announced its final season production for the 2001 season - Henrik Ibsen's The Lady From the Sea. The lesser- known Ibsen work runs Aug. 24-Sept. 22 in a revival directed by Kate Whoriskey (Intiman's The Chairs).
Kristin Flanders (Seattle Rep's Buying Time, A.R.T's The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Master Builder) stars as Ellida, a conflicted woman once engaged to a sailor but now married to a Dr. Wangel. When her former lover returns from the sea ten years after he left her, she must wrestle with an obsessive love that may destroy her. Ibsen is known for his complex women in such plays as Hedda Gabler and A Doll's House.
Of further Intiman interest: two shows on the season schedule - The Servant of Two Masters and Craig Lucas' The Dying Gaul have changed their run dates, as well. Two Masters is now set for Sept. 28-Oct. 27 with Dying Gaul running July 20-Aug. 18.
Highlights from the Intiman's season include a revival of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, Lucas' The Dying Gaul and the San Francisco hit, R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE. William Shakespeare's romance Cymbeline kicks off 2001 with a tale of secretly married lovers, a wicked stepmother, a seductive villain and the powers of love, running March 9-April 7. Sher makes his Seattle directing debut with the production.
What happens to a dream deferred? More than forty years ago, Lorraine Hansberry attempted to answer the poet's question with her story of the Younger family, three generations of whom have struggled for a better life against Chicago's poverty and prejudice in the years before the civil rights movement. Jacqueline Moscou (Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Black Nativity) directs A Raisin in the Sun, performing April 13-May 13.
R. Buckminster Fuller -- or Bucky as he was known -- may have been one of the greatest innovators of the 20th Century. From his architectural designs to his day long lectures, Fuller challenged and angered many intellectuals and students of thought. Ron Campbell brings the thinker to life in R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE, set to run June 8-July 8, 2001. HISTORY (and Mystery) scripter D.W. Jacobs directs.
Lucas' The Dying Gaul follows with a run July 20-Aug. 18 with Sher at the helm. Grounded in deceit and sex, The Dying Gaul's love triangle is set among screenwriter Robert, his studio boss Jeffrey, and Jeffrey's wife, Elaine. When Robert and Jeffrey begin an affair based around getting the young writer's script made into a movie, Elaine decides not to ignore it but instead torture Robert with a twisted game in an internet chat room. Both a playwright and scriptwriter, Lucas' works include God's Heart, Prelude to a Kiss, "Longtime Companion" and "Reckless."
Sher tackles another classic, Carlo Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters, Sept. 28-Oct. 27. A commedia from the 18th Century, Servant follows Truffaldino, the Harlequin, as he races back and forth collecting money and food from his two masters, without letting either know of the other's identity or his own.
Subscription packages run from $213-$66, single tickets from Feb. 19, 2001 on are $42-$10. The Intiman Theatre is located in the Seattle Center at 201 Mercer St. For reservation information, call (206)-269 1900. The Intiman Theatre is on the web at http://www.intiman.org.
-- By Christine Ehren