A musical Mary Lincoln and King Hedley II's Tony nominee Marion McClinton are on the bill for Women's Project and Productions' 2001-02 season. The former, The Strange Case of Mary Lincoln, kicks off the company's 24th Off-Broadway Oct. 18-21, while the latter follows Jan. 10-Feb. 3 at the helm of Sarah Schulman's Historically Inaccurate (formerly titled Carson McCullers), a co-production with Playwrights Horizons.
The Strange Case of Mary Lincoln, heard in workshop at the York Theatre in Jan., 2001, is the story of a fascinating woman confined to a sanitorium by her son, who fights him and the system in an attempt to regain her freedom. Carmel Owen wrote the music and lyrics with a book by June Bingham. Victoria Pero directs this work-in-progress.
Author Carson McCullers, whose works include "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" and The Member of the Wedding, is the subject of Schulman's Historically Inaccurate, tracing her evolution from Lula Carson Smith to a writer whose "Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" was named one of the top twenty novels in English in the 20th Century. Directed by McClinton (Breath, Boom, Jitney), Historically Inaccurate runs Jan. 10-Feb. 3, 2002 at Women's Project Theatre.
In March, 2002, Women's Project hosts Deborah Baley Brevoort's The Women of Lockerbie, directed by Yale Repertory Theatre resident director Liz Diamond. In the drama, a mother from New Jersey and her husband travel to Lockerbie, Scotland after the terrorist bombing of Flight 103 which killed their son. There they encounter the benevolent women of Lockerbie who meet an act of hate with a sense of love. Brevoort is the author of King Island Christmas, Coyote Goes Salmon Fishing, Wet Willies and Into the Fire.
The Women's Project Theatre (formerly Theatre Four) is located at 424 West 55th Street. For reservations, call (212) 239-6200. Founded in 1978 by current Artistic Director Julia Miles, Women's Projects and Playwrights is a non-profit Off-Broadway theatre dedicated to the development of new plays by women. Recent productions include Marlane Meyer's The Chemistry of Change, Joan Vail Thorne's The Exact Center of the Universe with Frances Sternhagen, Karen Hartman's Gum with Daphne Rubin-Vega, Jule Jensen's Two Headed with Lizbeth Mackay and Bridgette A. Wimberly's Saint Lucy's Eyes with Ruby Dee, currently playing the Cherry Lane Theatre through Sept. 2.
— By Christine Ehren