Center Stage is one of six American theaters chosen for financial support by AT&T during the 1990-91 season.
Three new plays, including one by Eric Overmyer at Center Stage in February, and three adaptations of the classics will be presented by AT&T: OnStage, AT&T's umbrella theater sponsorship program.
Overmyer's play, "The Heliotrope Bouquet by Scott Joplin & Louis Chauvin," is a lyrical theater poem about the world inhabited by Joplin and his foremost, now-forgotten ragtime contemporary, Chauvin. It will open at Center Stage Feb. 20 and at La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, Calif., in August, 1991.
More than 20 American theaters presented proposals to AT&T for the financial support that ranges from $40,000 to $60,000.
Center Stage will receive $40,000 toward the production costs of mounting the play. In addition, there will be other services from AT&T to help with advertising, marketing and public relations/promotion.
AT&T: OnStage, created in 1985, has presented 26 productions in 12 cities at 19 theaters. "The AT&T New Plays for the Nineties Project" is supported by AT&T and the AT&T Foundation and is in its second year.
"AT&T is pleased . . . to collaborate with eight outstanding theater organizations," said Marilyn Laurie, AT&T senior vice president, public relations, at a press conference in New York yesterday.
The new productions:
* Henrik Ibsen's "When We Dead Awaken," adapted by Robert Brustein and designed and directed by Robert Wilson. At the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass., and at the Alley Theatre in Houston.
* Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale," adapted by the Cornerstone Theater Company. It will tour 12 states and the District of Columbia.
* John Dryden's "All For Love," starring Diana Rigg, at the Almeida Theater in London.
The two other new plays:
* "The White Rose" by Lillian Garrett at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.
* "Back to the Blanket" by Gary Leon Hill, at the Denver Center Theatre Company in Denver.