SAN JOSE, CA--Holly Hunter will star in BY THE BOG OF CATS, a new play by
Irish playwright Marina Carr making its American debut at San Jose Repertory
Theatre this month. Carr, considered one of Ireland's best young playwrights,
was the 1997 playwright in residence at the Abbey Theatre. She won the 1999
Irish Times/ESB Award for Best New Play for By the Bog of Cats.
The play is set in
the remote and mystical bogs of the Irish Midlands, and it tells the story
of "Traveller" Hester Swane and her fateful attempt to reclaim
her lover, her child and her home.
LONDON, ENGLAND-- One of the hit plays at the recent Edinburgh Festival,
GAGARIN WAY, by Scottish playwright Gregory Burke, has been snatched up
by the The Cottesloe, the National Theatre's black box space, and will be
rushed into production there Oct. 3-23.
Burke, who was washing
dishes in Dumferline before his Edinburgh breakthrough at the Traverse
Theatre, has been hailed by critics as another Beckett or Behan thanks
to his sharp, bitterly funny dialogue and unique take on contemporary
life. His play deals with three Scottish workers who take their boss hostage
after a botched heist.
MRS. FEURSTEIN is going places.
Murray Mednick's play about a woman tormented by memories of the Holocaust is not only being extended through Sept. 23 at Los Angeles' 2100 Square Feet theatre--but transferring to New York shortly after that. The drama, which had its world premiere at 2100 Square Feet in July, has received numerous rave reviews, including "Pick of the Week"
selections in the L.A. Times and L.A. Weekly. Produced by Padua Playwrights Productions, the show will open in October in a venue on 42nd Street's Theatre Row, exact site TBA.
Directed by Roxanne Rogers, the play stars Maria O'Brien and has a cast that includes Christopher Allport, Lynnda Ferguson, Louis R. Plante, Drago Sumonja and Gwendoline Yeo. All of these actors will move with the play to New York.
Mednick, founder of the Padua Hills Playwrights Workshop/Festival--an annual Los Angeles avant-garde theatre event from 1978-1995--has had two other plays produced at 2100 Square Feet this season: 16 Routines and Joe and Betty.
O'Brien plays a Jewish Holocaust survivor who is hired to teach writing at a prep school. When she recognizes one of her fellow teachers and his wife (Allport and Ferguson, respectively) as members of the upper-class Aryan community who murdered 50 men in her Polish home town, she is driven to take revenge. Unwilling to become a murderer herself, she constructs a play in which she expresses her violent fantasies--and her equally passionate sexual feelings for Freida. Yeo plays a psychiatrist trying to cope with Mrs. Feurstein's complex, deeply conflicted self.
"Mednick has wrought a devastatingly powerful journey through the inner workings of the pysche," said Julio Martinez in Daily Variety. The L.A. Times critic described O'Brien's portrayal in the title role as "a towering and protean performance."
Thurs.-Sun. at 8 PM through Sept. 23 (except the week of Sept. 6-9). 2100 Square Feet is located at 5615 San Vicente Blvd. in L.A. (323) 692-2652.