Wilson's Curtain Closes Curtain on VT's Dorset Season, Sept. 6-22

News   Wilson's Curtain Closes Curtain on VT's Dorset Season, Sept. 6-22 Lanford Wilson's drama Redwood Curtain will close the 2001 season at Vermont's Dorset Theatre Festival. It runs Sept. 6-22.

Lanford Wilson's drama Redwood Curtain will close the 2001 season at Vermont's Dorset Theatre Festival. It runs Sept. 6-22.

Gregg W. Brevoort takes over directing duties from the theatre's former artistic director, Jill Charles, who died of cancer earlier this summer.

Wilson's play, about a 17-year-old piano prodigy in search of the Vietnam vet father who deserted her and her Vietnamese mother, stars Gregory Northrop, Ann Hu and Paula Mann.

Produced on Broadway in 1993, Redwood Curtain starred Jeff Daniels, Lea Salonga and Debra Monk, who also appeared in the film adaptation.

Dorset has previously staged productions of Wilson's Talley's Folly and Fifth of July. The author wrote part of his 1987 play Burn This at the Dorset Colony House for Writers. In late June, one day shy of her 53rd birthday, Charles died of cancer. Producing director John Nassivera was named the company's producing artistic director.

Though already ill, Charles attended the restored and expanded Dorset Playhouse's June 14 reopening and addressed the audience after the evening's performance of Yasmina Reza's Art. "I was in the hospital on the phone going, `What's happening? What's happening?' " she said. "And then to come here today — it's like the shoemaker coming up the stairs and all the elves have been working all week, and it's done and it's beautiful."

— By Diane Snyder and David Lefkowitz