Millennium Mambo, the one-woman piece conceived by actress- playwright Regina Taylor, and which was due to open the new season at the Goodman Theatre's Studio space in Chicago, has pushed its opening date back from Oct. 8, 1999 to Feb. 4, 2000. The theatre said Taylor has taken a movie offer, forcing the postponement of the work.
It could not be learned at press time if any show would be presented in place of Mambo.
Mambo will feature one of Taylor's plays, along with the work of five other prominent, African-American women playwrights. Taylor, an artistic associate at the Goodman, has previously been represented at that theatre by her plays, Escape from Paradise and Oo-Bla-Dee, performing in the first and co-directing the second. For Mambo, Taylor asked scribes Kia Corthron, Adrienne Kennedy, Suzan-Lori Parks, Ntozake Shange and Cheryl L. West to either write or select a 15-minute text which could be performed by one actress -- in this case, Taylor. Taylor -- who contributed a short play herself -- then penned some connective text, linking the half-dozen playlets.
Henry Godinez, another Goodman artistic associate, will direct.
Regina Taylor recently appeared in Cheryl L. West's Jar the Floor at New York's Second Stage. The rest of the Goodman's 1999-2000 has yet to be announced. For information, call (312) 443-3800.
-- By Robert Simonson