Everyman announces its 2002 season lineup


Theater Column

May 16, 2002|By J. Wynn Rousuck | J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC

Everyman Theatre's 2002-2003 season will take audiences from post-Nazi Germany to South Africa at the height of apartheid to a small-town Minnesota high school reunion.

"I'm particularly pleased with the blend," artistic director Vincent M. Lancisi said of the five-play season. "We've got two Baltimore premieres [Ronald Harwood's Taking Sides and Craig Wright's The Pavilion]; we've got two modern American classics [Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance and Moss Hart's Light Up the Sky], and then an Athol Fugard [My Children! My Africa!]."

In addition, Lancisi announced that Everyman is lengthening the runs of each show by one week, a decision made because, to date, three of the current season's shows have been extended, and attendance is averaging 91 percent capacity.

Here's the lineup:

Taking Sides (Sept. 5-Oct. 6): This 1995 play by the author of The Dresser focuses on a fictionalized war crimes interrogation of conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler by an American major attempting to prove the famed German maestro was a Nazi sympathizer. Grover Gardner will direct a cast headed by Stan Weiman as Furtwangler.

A Delicate Balance (Nov. 21-Dec. 22): Albee's first Pulitzer Prize-winning play is about a comfortable married couple whose world is upset by the unexpected arrival of their best friends, seeking sanctuary from inexplicable fears. Lancisi will direct a cast that includes Deborah Hazlett, Tana Hicken and Rosemary Knower.

Light Up the Sky (Jan. 16-Feb. 16): Hart's 1948 backstage comedy takes place at the Boston tryout of a Broadway play by a first-time playwright. Lancisi will direct.

My Children! My Africa! (March 13-April 13): Donald Hicken, head of the theater department at the Baltimore School for the Arts, will direct this 1989 drama about an idealistic South African teacher and two of his prized students, one black and the other white. Frederick Strother will play the teacher; Megan Anderson and Lance Williams are the students.

The Pavilion (May 15-June 15): A pair of former sweethearts meet again at their 20th high school reunion in this bittersweet drama. Hazlett will star as the female half of the couple opposite an actor yet to be cast. Bruce Nelson will play the other roles in this three-person play.

In other news from Everyman, the theater's annual fund-raiser will be held from 7 p.m.-11 p.m., June 15. Dubbed "Hot Aqua," the theme is South Beach and salsa. The event will feature cocktails, dinner and dancing to the jazz band, Avalon, as well as live and silent auctions. Tickets are $150.

For information about the season or the fund-raiser, call 410-752-2208.

One more Everyman-related tidbit. Vivienne Shub, who starred in the theater's November production of Kenneth Lonergan's The Waverly Gallery, has received calls from two prominent West Coast regional theaters interested in having her reprise her role as a Manhattan art gallery owner suffering from dementia.

"This has all been very exciting," said Shub, who graciously declined the offers to return to what she called "one of the most difficult" roles she has ever played. Area audiences, however, will be able to see Shub from July 15-Aug. 11 when she will portray a Titanic survivor in the Potomac Theatre Project's production of Jeffrey Hatcher's Scotland Road at Olney Theatre Center.

Summer festival

The Baltimore Playwrights Festival Backstage Intern Program is looking for high school and college students willing to work on the summer festival. Though the hours can be long, most of the work will be evenings and weekends and will involve assisting in such areas as stage crew, set construction, lighting and sound.

No stipends or transportation are available, but students who successfully complete their summer assignments will receive certificates at the festival's annual awards ceremony. For more information, call Shirley Bell at 410-488-2404.

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