Nine productions will comprise the 1997-98 American Conservatory Theatre season, including a week-long stay for Spalding Gray and a tryout for the Broadway-bound musical, High Society.
Carey Perloff, artistic director of the San Francisco theatre, announced five of the seven subscription productions of the upcoming season, plus the two specialty runs: Gray's It's A Slippery Slope and a return of the company's Christmas Carol.
Here's the ACT mainstage line-up:
High Society (prev Sept. 4, op: Sept. 10)
Christopher Renshaw (Broadway's The King And I) directs this adaptation/combination of Philip Barry's The Philadelphia Story and the Cole Porter movie-musical, High Society. Arthur Kopit (Wings, Phantom) is doing the libretto. The story concerns a socialite who falls in love with another man -- of a different class -- on the eve of her wedding. Songs will include standards from the film and other, interpolated Porter tunes.
Old Times (dates TBA)
John Turturro and his wife, Katherine Borowitz (who together appeared in NY's CSC's revival of Brecht's Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui), will co star again in this revival of Harold Pinter's comedy/drama, directed by artistic director Perloff. The story centers on a married couple visited by an alluring woman.
A Christmas Carol (prev. Nov. 28; 0p: Nov. 30, To: Dec. 27)
Raye Birk stars as miserly Scrooge in this Dickens adaptation by Laird Williamson and Dennis Powers. Candace Barrett directs. It's A Slippery Slope (op: Dec. 30, To Jan. 4, 1998)
Monologist Spalding Gray talks about skiing and the dissolving of a longtime romantic relationship.
Insurrection: Holding History (dates TBA)
Charles Randoph-Wright directs Robert O'Hara's drama, which features L. Peter Callender, Steven Anthony Jones and Gregory Wallace. The play examines both homosexuality and the black experience in America.
Mary Stuart (dates TBA)
A new adaptation of the epic Friedrich Schiller drama, featuring music by David Lang and the vocal ensemble, Chanticleer; and a new translation by Village Voice critic Michael Feingold. Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I go head-to-head in this historical tragedy.
A Streetcar Named Desire (dates TBA)
Richard Seyd directs this 50th anniversary production of Tennessee Williams' classic, featuring Marco Barricelli as Stanley Kowalski. Barricelli played Mangiacavallo in 1996's The Rose Tattoo at ACT. He also teaches at the company's conservatory.