Olympia Dukakis ("Moonstruck") had planned to spend May 4-June 9 as Gorky's Mother in a new adaptation by Constance Congdon, but with that play not ready for production, the Oscar winner will star in Michel Tremblay's For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again at American Conservatory Theatre. The French-Canadian comedy about the relationship between mothers and sons opens on Mother's Day, May 12. Dukakis most recently returned to Broadway in 2000's solo show, Rose, a production she also performed in the West End. At ACT, she starred in Hecuba and Singer's Boy. Her film credits include "Steel Magnolias," "Dad," "Look Who's Talking," "Mighty Aphrodite" and "Picture Perfect." She ran the Whole Theatre in Montclair, NJ, from 1971 until it closed in 1990.
Marco Barricelli plays her son. An ACT acting company member, his credits with the theatre include Glengarry Glen Ross, Enrico IV, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Invention of Love and The Beard of Avon.
Tremblay has written 21 plays, including Les Belles-Soeurs, Hosanna, Albertine in Fives Times and Bonjour, la bonjour, as well as three musicals, eleven novels, two collections of short stories and seven film scripts. Linda Garboriau translated For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again.
American Conservatory Theatre is located at 415 Geary Street. For ticket information, call (415) 749-2250. American Conservatory Theatre is on the web at http://www.act-sfbay.org.
— By Christine Ehren