Valerie Harper's one-person show All Under Heaven. will close its run on Jan. 17, 1999. The solo turn, in which Harper plays novelist Pearl Buck began performances Nov. 3 at Off Broadway's Century Theater Center and officially opens Nov. 16 for an open run.
All Under Heaven, with Harper playing numerous characters in the American author's life, is co-written by Dyke Garrison and directed by Rob Ruggiero, associate artistic director of TheatreWorks in Hartford, CT.
The play is produced by Harper's husband, Tony Cacciotti, and Randolph Macon Woman's College, where the piece was first staged. Randolph Macon, in Lynchburg, VA., is Buck's alma mater (circa 1914). Buck wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Good Earth."
In 1997, Harper, best known as TV's "Rhoda," performed a one-woman Buck bio, The Dragon and the Pearl, by Marty Martin, commissioned by Cacciotti. The play workshopped at Milford, NH's American Stage Festival and was developed at Chicago's Organic Theatre.
But that play's reception was not quite what the actress and producer hoped for, so Harper teamed with Garrison (whose work has been produced in San Francisco) and director Ruggiero. The play had its world premiere at Randolph-Macon Woman's College Sept. 1-13. The Century Theatre is at 111 E. 15th St. Call (212) 239-6200 for tickets. All seats are $45.
-- By Robert Simonson