Washington, D.C.'s Shakespeare Theatre took in more than one million dollars with it latest production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, which ran Nov. 3, 1998-Jan. 3. That makes it the highest grossing production in the company's history.
The previous title holder was last summer's staging of Sweet Bird of Youth , starring Elizabeth Ashley and Michael Hayden.
Twelfth Night was directed by Daniel Fish, who piloted last season's The Merry Wives of Windsor . The comedy -- which recently received a high-profile production at Lincoln Center, starring Helen Hunt and directed by Nicholas Hytner -- starred Tari Signor as Viola, Dallas Roberts as Sebastian, Melissa Bowen as Olivia, Floyd King as Malvolio, Ted van Griethuysen as Sir Toby Belch, Graham Winton as Duke Orsino, Michael Rudko as Feste and Paul Mullins as Sir Andrew Aguecheek.
The rest of the company's 1998-99 season is as follows:
Following Wilde's Twelfth Night is the lesser known King John (Jan. 19-Mar. 6, 1999), staged by artistic director Michael Kahn. Director JoAnne Akalaitis arrives, Mar. 23-May 8, 1999, to stage Euripides' Trojan Women. It's a look at war's effect on women on the losing side. Surprisingly, this is the first time a Greek play has been staged at the Shakespeare.
Then Hal Holbrook appears as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. Artistic director Michael Kahn will stage Shakespeare's controversial comedy (which is generally played as drama because of its arguably anti Semitic content). Holbrook has already played the vengeful Jewish merchant, Shylock, at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre. Last on Broadway in An American Daughter, Holbrook is best known for his solo, Mark Twain Tonight!, for which he won a Tony. He's played King Lear at Off Broadway's Roundabout Theatre and on Broadway in The Glass Menagerie, Man of La Mancha and I Never Sang For My Father.
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-- By Robert Simonson