Peter Parnell's epic drama, The Cider House Rules, will open on Jan. 15, 1997 at Seattle Repertory's new, as yet unnamed, second stage space and run at the 282-seat theatre until Feb. 15.
The play, in two parts, is based on John Irving's darkly picaresque novel about young Homer Wells, his life in and outside an orphanage, and his father figure, Dr. Larch (who both saves babies and performs abortions).
Part one of Cider House premiered on Mar. 6, 1996. The second part will be ready in January (previews begin Jan. 3) and run in a modified repertory schedule with the first. Seattle Rep's media relations manager, Linda Glass, assures theatregoers that they will have a chance to see both parts on the same day (a 7 hour experience).
Co-directing the piece are Tom Hulce and Jane Jones. Hulce is a well known film actor ("Amadeus," "Animal House"); Jones is the founder and artistic director of Book-It Repertory in Seattle, which is dedicated to bringing novels to the stage. Jones, Hulce and Parnell all met while working on Parnell's own "Rise And Rise Of Daniel Rocket."
The cast of 25 for Cider House Rules will feature Neal Huff as Homer and Michael Winters as Dr. Larch. By the time Cider House opens, $8.7 million will have been expended on "The Rest Of The Rep -- The Bagley Wright Theatre Completion Project."
Managing Director Benjamin Moore noted that as of mid-Sept. 1996, work has been 90 percent completed on the project. Recent gifts towards that goal include a $500,000 donation from the Kresge Foundation and $100,000 from M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.
For information and tickets call (206)443-2210.
-- By David Lefkowitz