Phaedra In Delirium (Jan. 20-Feb. 15) is set in contemporary times and serves as "a response" to plays by Euripides (Hipolytus) and Jean Racine (Phedre, 1677), wherein Theseus' wife, Phaedra, falls in love with her stepson, Hippolytus. A co-production of Women's Project & Productions, this world premiere of Phaedra In Delirium is staged by Australian director Alison Summers.
Best known for playing the bloodless mom in Angels In America, Chalfant also appeared on Broadway in Racing Demon. She nabbed a Drama Desk nomination for Nine Armenians and appeared in CSC's Iphigenia And Other Daughters. In 1996, she received a Village Voice Obie for Sustained Excellence.
Co-starring in Phaedra are Peter Jay Fernandez, as both Theseus and Hippolytus), and Sandra Shipley (Indiscretions). Designing the show are Christine Jones (set), Teresa Snider-Stein (costumes), Beverly Emmons (lighting) and Fabian Obispo (original music/sound).
Author Yankowitz's previous plays include 1969 Terminal 1996 (with Joseph Chaikin), Night Sky, Underr The Skin and the libretto for Slain In The Spirit - The Promise Of Jim Mones (with composer Taj Mahal).
Upcoming shows at CSC include:
Waiting For Godot (winter 1998)
Andrei Belgrader will stage Samuel Beckett's comedy/drama about two vagrants, Vladimir & Estragon, and the guy they're waiting, and waiting, and waiting for. As of Jan. 5, casting and exact dates were still under discussion. For tickets and information on CSC productions, call (212) 677-4210. Special programs include the education and outreach project, "Classic Contenders," and pay-what-you-can tickets made available to those under 18.
-- By David Lefkowitz