Goat, Bedford School for Scandal, More Join Wilson's Radio Golf in New Taper Season

News   Goat, Bedford School for Scandal, More Join Wilson's Radio Golf in New Taper Season
Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum has announced its upcoming 2004-2005 season which will include The School for Scandal directed by and featuring Brian Bedford, Edward Albee's The Goat, or, Who Is Sylvia?, the west coast premiere of Nothing But The Truth, Luis Alfaro's take on a Sophocles classic Electricidad and the previously announced world premiere co-production of August Wilson's Radio Golf.

Artistic director Gordon Davidson will also direct a show to be announced for his farewell season at the Center Theatre Group which houses the Mark Taper Forum and the Ahmanson Theatre.

John Kani's Nothing But The Truth starts the season for the California stage. Janice Honeyman directs the family drama set in post-apartheid South Africa where those exiled and those who stayed now deal with mixed emotions. Kani, a Tony Award winner for his turn in Sizwe Banzi is Dead and The Island co-written with Athol Fugard and Winston Ntshona, will be featured in the work.

Brian Bedford, the Tony Award winner for The School for Wives, will direct Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The School For Scandal at the Taper. The comedy of errors classic set among the London aristocracy in the 1770s. The actor recently seen in Tartuffe on Broadway will also be featured in the cast.

Edward Albee's Tony Award-winning play The Goat, or, Who Is Sylvia? comes next to Los Angeles under the direction of Warner Shook. Brian Kerwin and Cynthia Mace play a seemingly happily married couple whose lives are thrown into turmoil when a secret about the husband's secret love is uncovered in this tale from the author of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Delicate Balance and Three Tall Women.

Sophocles' Electra gets a Latin spin courtesy of playwright Luis Alfaro in Electricidad. Lisa Peterson directs the work set in an urban barrio on the Eastside where the title character — meaning electricity in Spanish — mourns the loss of her father and awaits the return of her exiled brother to help avenge his death. The fifth slot of the season will be filled by the Davidson-directed work. Of the production, Davidson states, “I am currently working on three projects, each at different stages of development, and will choose the one that will serve as a fitting farewell to the audiences at the Taper that have been so loyal to me and my work. It will be a ‘surprise gift’ from me to the Taper and our terrific audiences.”

Closing out the season will be the August Wilson 20th-century-cycle finale, Radio Golf — co-presented with Yale Repertory Theatre, where it will run April 22-May 15, 2005. Playwright Wilson ends his ten-play cycle, which chronicles the African-American experience in the twentieth century decade by decade, with Radio Golf. The 1990s-set work involves real estate developers who look to tear down the home of recurring Wilson character Aunt Esther.

The Mark Taper Forum's current season will end with the Roundabout Theatre Company staging of Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel — recently announced to replace the previously announced world premiere of Sybille Pearson's Be Bold.

The complete season lineup (subject to change) is as follows:



  • Nothing But The Truth (Sept. 18-Nov. 7)


  • The School for Scandal (Nov. 27-Jan. 23, 2005)


  • The Goat, or, Who Is Sylvia? (Jan. 29-March 20, 2005)


  • Electricidad (April 2-May 29, 2005)


  • Play TBA (June 5-July 24, 2005)


  • Radio Golf (July 31-Sept. 18, 2005) Subscriptions to the season at the Taper, 135 North Grand Ave. in Los Angeles, CA can be purchased by calling (213) 628-2772 or on-line at www.TaperAhmanson.com. Single tickets will go on sale in early September.


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