The Wooster Group has announced New York dates for its latest "work-in progress", House/Lights, Jan. 29-Feb. 15.
House/Lights has been touring major cities in the US and throughout Europe. Stops have included Chicago, Minneapolis, and Copenhagen. The last time New York saw The Group was spring 1997, when their production of The Hairy Ape played the Selwyn Theatre.
House/Lights is Wooster's adaptation of Gertrude Stein's avant-garde classic, Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights.
The Wooster Group consists of Jim Clayburgh, Willem Defoe, Spalding Gray, Elizabeth LeCompte, Peyton Smith and Kate Valk. The Group has received numerous awards, including National Endowment, State Arts Council, and the City Department of Cultural Affairs grants. In 1991, the Group was awarded an OBIE, recognizing 15 years of sustained excellence. That same year, director Elizabeth LeCompte received an NEA Distinguished Artists Fellowship for Lifetime Achievement in American Theatre. In 1995, LeCompte received the MacArthur "genius" grant for her work with The Wooster Group.
Also of interest to Wooster fans, is the annoucement of a return engagement of Wooster's production of Eugene O'Neill's The Emperor Jones, opening March 4. House/Lights will be playing at Wooster's usual home of The Performing Garage, Jan 29-Feb 15. Tickets cost $20, reservations can be made by calling (212) 966-3651.
-- By Sean McGrath