Patrick Andrews, Kate Baldwin, E. Faye Butler, Edward Gero, et al. Set for Arena Stage Season
Edward Gero and Patrick Andrews will star in John Logan's bioplay about painter Mark Rothko, Red (January 20-March 11), directed by Robert Falls, which will have its first engagement lat Chicago's Goodman Theatre, September 17-October 23.
Kate Baldwin will play Marian in Meredith Willson's The Music Man, which will run May 11-July 22. Artistic director Molly Smith will stage this musical about a con-man who comes to the sleepy town of River City to rid it of "sin and corruption" by starting a boy's band.
E. Faye Butler will star in Trouble in Mind (September 9-October 23), Alice Childress' look at a theater company rehearsing an anti-lynching drama at the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, to be directed by Irene Lewis.
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival's production of Bill Cain's Equivocation (November 18-January 1, Kreeger Theater), an imagined look at Shakespeare during the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, will be directed by Bill Rauch. Amy Freed's You, Nero, about a playwright struggling through Nero's reign in Rome, will run November 25-January 1.
Arena Stage also plans to offer a Eugene O'Neill Festival which will have at its center productions of the playwright's semi-autobiographical comedy Ah, Wilderness! (March 9-April 3, Fichandler), and his autobiographical drama, Long Day's Journey Into Night (March 30 -May 13, Kreeger), which will be directed by Robin Phillips.
Like Water for Chocolate (June 26-July 29, Kreeger), with a book by Quiara Alegria Hudes and music and lyrics by Lila Downs, will feature Downs and Paul Cohen. The show, based on Laura Esquivel's novel, focuses on a young woman who cannot marry the man she loves because he is engaged to her older sister. The production will be co-directed by Ted Sperling and Jonathan Butterell.
The theater's season will also include Karen Zacarias' The Book Club Play (October 7-November 6), Elephant Room (January 20 - February 26, Kogod Cradle), to be directed by Paul Lazar and created by Steve Cuiffo, Trey Lyford and Geoff Sobelle, which centers on three semi-pro magicians, and Tazewell Thompson will direct his own play Mary T. & Lizzy K (Kogod), which looks at the relationship between first lady Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress.