Shakespeare & Company in Lenox MA, opens local playwright Joan Ackermann's Off the Map, running at the Stable Theatre, through Aug. 31.
Off the Map is a memory play about the Grodens, a family that moves to New Mexico, creating for themselves a life away from mainstream society. When William Gibbs, an IRS auditor, is sent to collect seven years' worth of back taxes, a sudden illness disables him, forcing him to spend more time with the Grodens than expected. Days turn into years as William discovers a world that's filled with love, art, and sensuality.
Off the Mapwas workshopped at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, with readings at the Manhattan Theatre Club and Circle Repertory in New York City. Map received its first full production in 1994 at Mixed Company in Great Barrington, MA. Another Ackermann play, The Batting Cage is slated for a Broadway run later this year. Ackermann is also a staff writer for the HBO series, Arliss.
Off the Map was recently contracted to be published by Dramatists Play Service, and has been sold as a screenplay to Campbell Scott (son of Colleen Dewhurst and George C. Scott). Scott, slated to direct and produce the film, is better known as an actor for his film work (Singles, Mrs. Parker & the Vicious Circle) though he has appeared on Broadway in Yale Rep's version of Long Day's Journey Into Night.
The cast includes: Ariel Bock, Jonathan Croy, Rory Hammond, Dennis Krausnick, Corinna May and Jim Nutter. The play runs from July 18 through Aug. 31, For more information call (413) 637-3353 or refer to the Shakespeare & Company regional listing at Playbill On-Line. --By Sean McGrath