2000 Summer Season
The American Premiere of SIXTEEN WORDS FOR WATER by William Stoneking July 5-16
1958 - St. Elizabeth's, a hospital for the criminally insane. Ezra Pound, indicted in 1943 for making anti-American broadcasts over Italian radio, pled insanity, and has spent the last 13 years incarcerated. Now, he is faced with the ultimate choice: prove himself sane - and face trial and a possible death sentence, or maintain his insanity - and remain at St. Elizabeth's. A witty and dramatic examination of a man torn between the wealth of his imagination and the poverty of his politics. A hit in both England and Australia, now in the U.S. for the first time.
THE DOUBLE BASS by Patrick Suskind July 19-30
This solo for musician, and the instrument he claims is the foundation of all orchestral music, comes from the author of the best-selling novel, PERFUME. It's a funny, moving plea from a man toiling in obscurity, desperate for recognition, who has, nonetheless, wed the most anonymous of instruments. A romantic cry against the facelessness of modern society, from the bowels of the symphony orchestra..
THE ROAD TO MECCA by Athol Fugard August 2-13
Miss Helen, a widow, lives in a small, rural community, where her unusual sculptures are considered a public nuisance. A young woman looks to her for inspiration while her minister tries to convince her an old folk's home is her best option. A penetrating study of the role the artist plays in society by one of the Twentieth Century's foremost playwrights. Winner of the New York Drama Critics Award. "One of Fugard's simplest, most beautiful plays." N.Y. Daily News
A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN by Eugene O'Neill August 16-27
For his Founder's Production, Vincent Dowling has chosen O'Neill's story of his actor brother, James, and his love for an Irish Ugly Duckling here in New England. This powerfully moving and, often, extraordinarily funny tragi-comedy was directed by Dowling, with The ABBEY THEATRE COMPANY, in 1990 at Buffalo's STUDIO ARENA THEATRE, where the play had its first successful production 30 years earlier, starring the late COLLEEN DEWHURST.