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He's Met the 'Enemy,' and It Is . . .

American Century's Season

Director Kjetil Bang-Hansen, right, has set
Director Kjetil Bang-Hansen, right, has set "An Enemy of the People" during the Depression, prompting a stark stage design. Joseph Urla, left, plays a physician who is ostracized after exposing a town's pollution problem. Top, playwright Henrik Ibsen. (Inset: National Library Of Norway Via Ap; Above And Right: Shakespeare Theatre Company)

American Century Theater, which revives rarely performed American works, will open its 2006-2007 season with "MacBird!" (Sept. 8-Oct. 7) at the Gunston Arts Center in Arlington. Barbara Garson's 1965 anti-Vietnam War spoof puts LBJ in the role of Macbeth. Ellen Dempsey will direct.

Eugene O'Neill's 1924 tragedy "Desire Under the Elms" (Jan. 5-Feb. 3, 2007) will be directed by American Century actor William Aitken.

An evening of Prohibition-era short plays, written by the likes of Dorothy Parker, Gertrude Stein, Susan Glaspell and Sophie Treadwell, will be presented as "Drama Under the Influence" (Feb. 23-March 24). Steven Mazzola will direct.

The fraught reunion of a high school basketball team is the subject of Jason Miller's 1972 drama "That Championship Season" (April dates to be determined), directed by ACT Artistic Associate Ed Bishop.

The season will close with the 1936 musical revue "Hellzapoppin" (July 13-Aug. 18, 2007). The Broadway hit is said to have inspired the 1960s TV hit, "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In." TACT Artistic Director Jack Marshall will direct. Visit http://www.americancentury.org or call 703-553-8782.

Charter Theater's Season

Charter Theater will pull up stakes and move from its longtime venue at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Georgetown to the slightly larger Theatre on the Run, part of Arlington County's arts incubator program.

The company, which performs only new works, will open with "Short Order Stories" (Sept. 22-Oct. 21) by Renee Calarco. The play unfolds in an Upstate New York diner where neighbors unexpectedly meet while ferrying their kids to nearby universities. The playwright's brother, Joe Calarco (who most recently staged Signature's hit production of "Urinetown"), will direct. Lee Mikeska Gardner, Andy Brownstein and Timmy Ray James will star.

"37 Stones" (March 9-March 31, 2007), by Mark Charney, is a comedy about a poor shlub with recurring kidney stones and a mother problem. Richard Washer will direct. Ray Ficca, Hope Lambert and Michael Skinner will star.

"Sleeping and Waking" (May 4-June 2, 2007), by company member Chris Stezin, is about an art history professor 60 years from now who undergoes a body transplant and has trouble, um, reconnecting with his life. Artistic Director Keith Bridges will direct.

Visit http://www.chartertheatre.org or call 202-333-7009.

Follow Spots

· New Hampshire-based Yellow Taxi Productions needs actors for a staged reading of Warren Perry's "Lanterns on Lamar" at the Kennedy Center's Labor Day weekend Page-to-Stage New Play Festival. They're seeking people in their twenties or thirties who can do a Memphis accent -- and someone to play Elvis. Visit http://www.yellowtaxiproductions.org .

· Washington chanteuse Beverly Cosham will do a series of cabarets at Signature Theatre Aug. 23-26, featuring tunes by Cole Porter, Kurt Weill, Jerome Kern, Hoagy Carmichael, Yip Harburg, Barry Manilow and others. Visit http://www.signature-theatre.org .


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