Chopin figures prominently in the world premiere of The Awakening, a new play by Andria Lauria, premiering at Off-Off-Broadway's Six Figures Theatre Company.
First, the drama is based on Kate Chopin's story of the same name. It's about a Creole housewife at the turn of the century who dares risk her dull but comfortable life to be with a handsome young man. What sparks this romantic outburst? Well, she hears music by the composer Frederic Chopin on a beautiful summer night. (The two Chopins were not related, by the way.)
Playwright Laurie's one-act, Pavlov's Dogs, has received numerous stagings, while Awakening director April-Dawn Gladu has worked at NY's Ensemble Studio Theatre and Women's Project & Productions.
The Awakening began previews June 4 for an opening June 11 and a run through June 21. Starring in the show are Chris Campbel, Pia Caro, Dori May Kelly, Michael Latshaw, Shellen Lubin, Jason Madera and Jim McHugh. Designing the show are Susan Krieg (set), Jean Brookman (costumes), Allison Blummer (lighting) and Antonio Garfias (sound).
Six Figures Theatre Company dedicates its work to plays that "attempt to dispel the multitude of cultural myths in our society surrounding `the fairer sex.'" Previous mountings include Alabama Rain, Lone Star Grace and The Adding Machine, the latter directed by artistic director Linda Ames Key. For tickets and information on Awakening at the ArcLight Theatre space, 152 West 71st St, call (212) 696-8931.
-- By David Lefkowitz