One of Wendy Wasserstein's biggest hits, The Sisters Rosensweig, now comes to Indiana Repertory Theatre, Mar. 17-Apr. 11. Academy Award nominee ("The Bad Seed") Patty McCormack stars, alongside Suzanne Grodner and Kate Levy.
Three women with successful careers but failing personal lives are at the heart of Rosensweig, which centers on older, accomplished Sara (McCormack), who must cope with both a teenage daughter and an amorous furrier (David Bailey). Also in the cast are Jeff Talbott, Dale Miller, Rebecca Feldman and Jeremy Webb.
Michael Edwards directs The Sisters Rosensweig, which opens Mar. 20. Designing the show are Bill Bloodgood (set), Gail Brasard (costumes) and Michael Klaers (lighting).
Wasserstein's other works include Isn't It Romantic?, Uncommon Women and Others, The Heidi Chronicles and An American Daughter. According to Variety, Jon Plowman, of Absolutely Fabulous fame, is turning Rosensweig into a sitcom for the BBC in London, with Maureen Lipman playing Dr. Gorgeous, as she did at the Greenwich Theatre and Old Vic in 1994. Wasserstein is also working a screenplay of Rosensweig, to be directed by Daniel Sullivan, who helmed the show on Broadway. Ron Kastner will produce the Rosensweig film, as he did for The Substance Of Fire.
For tickets ($17.50-$33.50) and information on The Sisters Rosensweig at Indiana Repertory Theatre, 140 West Washington St., Indianapolis, call (317) 635-5252. Upcoming shows at the Rep include the world premiere of Charles Smith's swashbuckling romp, Les Trois Dumas (Apr. 21-May 16), and Syl Jones' bio of civil rights icon Rosa Parks, Rosa's Children (Apr. 5-May 3).
In other Indiana Rep news, the theatre is getting a major overhaul to freshen its looks. Part of a $6 million, three-stage capital renovation campaign, the first $1.4 million is shoring up the Rep's historic 1927 building, theatrical equipment, Upperstage and Cabaret spaces. The 314 seat Upperstage was rededicated to Marvella Bayh, mother of former Indiana Governor Birch Bayh. The money will also go towards creating a performance space for experimental works, as well as upgrades in lighting, sound and restroom facilities.
Phase two, the next $1.4 million, will go for behind-the-scenes improvements such as dressing rooms (summer `98). Phase three will use another $3 million, will restore the grand lobby and mainstage.
Ultimately, Indiana Rep hopes to raise $16.5 million by 1999, $10 million of which has already been raised (Lilly Endowment Inc. helped with half of gure). The money is not only for structural purposes but to "provide future financial security and expanded artistic and educational programming."
In further Indiana Rep news, this summer associate Director Risa Brainin and other staffers will run an acting conservatory, with sessions for two groups: ages 9-12 (June 8-27) and ages 13-18 (June 29-July 24).
"We are constantly asked to provide this service in our community," artistic director Janet Allen said in a statement. "As a result of our Strategic Planning and the success of our Capital and Endowment Campaign...we are excited about developing these multi-service programs."
For information about auditions and the programs themselves call (317) 635-5277, x. 311.
-- By David Lefkowitz