Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum Opens Season with Shrew

News   Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum Opens Season with Shrew The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum (Latin for "Garden Theatre") of Los Angeles recently opened its 18th annual repertory season with a production of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. Directed by Ellen Geer (the late Will Geer's daughter), the play runs throughout the summer on Sundays at 4 PM.

The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum (Latin for "Garden Theatre") of Los Angeles recently opened its 18th annual repertory season with a production of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. Directed by Ellen Geer (the late Will Geer's daughter), the play runs throughout the summer on Sundays at 4 PM.

Other plays on the 2000 schedule include Harold and Maude, adapted by Colin Higgins from his notorious movie about a melancholy young man obsessed with funerals and the 80-year-old, free-spirited woman who offers him lessons in love and taking chances. Heidi Helen Davis directs the black comedy, which runs July 8-Sept. 30. Thornton Wilder's classic Our Town follows with a July 29-Oct. 21 run, with another Shakespeare play, A Midsummer Night's Dream completing the schedule, Sept. 1-Oct. 22.

Theatricum Botanicum works out of a rustic, outdoor ravine in the Santa Monica mountains which is surrounded by nature. Geer opened a theatre here in the late 50s as a haven for fellow artists and folksingers who were victims of the McCarthy era blacklisting. Theatricum Botanicum was a recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle 1999 Margaret Hartford Award for Sustained Excellence.

A new take-out cafe operates on the grounds, but patrons are urged to bring a picnic to enjoy on the grounds. The theatre is located at 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. For tickets and information call (310) 455-3723.

-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent