Ready for the coming season

Rep Stage: The theater is scheduled to perform four plays into the spring. "Translations," by Brian Friel, will open Sept. 23.

July 29, 1999|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Rep Stage, the professional theater-in-residence at Howard Community College, has announced details of its 1999-2000 season.

Rep Stage's opening play, Brian Friel's "Translations," will run from Sept. 23 through Oct. 10.

Kasi Campbell, one of the troupe's mainstays and a Helen Hayes Award nominee, will direct this Irish drama about the suppression of the Gaelic language in Ireland by British authorities in 1833.

"It's a wonderful play about people, communication and the loss of a native culture," says Valerie Costantini, a Howard Community College professor who founded Rep Stage in 1993. "It's beautifully done."

Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Three Tall Women" will be onstage from Oct. 22 through Nov. 14. An autobiographical piece inspired by the playwright's relationship with his adoptive mother, the play uses three actresses to portray the main character at various times in her life.

Playing her as a 20-year-old will be Susan Lynseky, a veteran of the popular "Riverdance" company. Costantini takes over for the middle-aged incarnation, while Faith Potts, who delighted Kennedy Center audiences for eight months in "Sheer Madness," plays Albee's mother in decline. Lee Mikeska Gardner, known for her work at Washington's Signature Theatre, will direct.

The campy Gothic melodrama, "The Mystery of Irma Vepp," is scheduled Feb. 4 to 27.

Still running off-Broadway, "Irma Vepp" is a madcap spoof of horror films that puts a pair of actors through a host of rapid-fire changes of costume and character.

Lovers of vampires and werewolves won't want to miss this show.

Bruce Nelson and Brian McMonagle, who was so funny as the nerdy husband in last season's "Dreams from a Summer House," will star. Campbell directs.

Anthony Shaffer's "Sleuth," one of the most twisting and turning mysteries of them all, concludes the season from March 16 through April 2.

Kathy Feininger, best known for her work at Round House Theatre in Silver Spring, will help bring the Byzantine plot to life from the director's chair.

This month, Rep Stage received a grant of $38,000 from the Maryland State Arts Council to support the theater and its programs.

Season tickets, which range from $36 to $57, are available, though potential subscribers are encouraged to act quickly as Rep Stage's subscription level doubled last season. Information: 410- 772-4900.

Pub Date: 7/29/99

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