LOS ANGELES -- Theatre groups from India, Ireland, Japan and the United States will make appearances at Royce Hall as part of the 2000-2001 UCLA Performing Arts season. The season also includes performance pieces by Frank McCourt, John Lithgow and Matt Groening.
Acclaimed Indian director Ratan Thiyam's Chorus Repertory Theatre will present Uttar-Priyadarshi (The Final Beatitude) Oct. 12-14. The drama is a panoramic meditation on war and peace filled with poetry and visual power. The company is also known for its stage effects of shimmering color and beauty backed up by hypnotic musical rhythms.
The GATE Theatre of Dublin will bring its production of Beckett's Waiting for Godot to UCLA Oct. 25-29. It is a West Coast premiere.
Ensemble Galilei comes next (on Nov. 19) with its production of Anna's Garden, which was written by R.W. Berky with music drawn from 17th century France, Ireland and early American. The play follows the adventures of a girl whose world is transformed when she is invited to care for the Queen's gardens. The tale explores the universal theme of good vs. evil.
Kwaidan, Ping Chong's company will introduce the West Coast premiere of its version Kwaidan, three classic ghost stories Nov. 30-Dec. 2 (at Freud Playhouse). The writers are Chong, Jon Ludwig and Mitsuru Ishii.For tickets and information call the UCLA Central Ticket office at (310) 825-2101 or visit the office in person on the UCLA campus, Mon.-Fri., 9-5 PM. Or log on to www.performingarts.ucla.edu