Theatre veteran Theodore Bikel's return to the stage in the Jewish Repertory Theatre's production of Arje Shaw's The Gathering has taken on a life of its own. Bikel played in the drama from May 29-Aug. 29 of this year (the show continued for a few more weeks after he left), and now he's doing the play again, this time at Miami, FL's Coconut Grove Playhouse, Nov. 30-Dec. 26 (officially opening Dec. 3).
Shaw's drama takes place during the Reagan years and concerns three generations of the same family as they clash over their duties as Americans. Rebecca Taylor directs this Jewish Rep production, which has been partially recast for the regional mounting, according to a Coconut Grove spokesperson.
Bikel is perhaps most famous for his Tony-nominated appearance as Captain Von Trapp in the original production of The Sound of Music. He is also well known for his many turns as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. Other Broadway credits include The Lark, The Rope Dancers and The Inspector General. Recently, he acted in The Disputation at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Florida. His films include "The Defiant Ones" and "The African Queen." On the other side of the footlights, Bikel was recently reelected president of the umbrella organization, Associated Actors and Artistes of America, a union nicknamed "The Four As."
For information on The Gathering, call (212) 239-6200.