Wednesday, February 20, 2008
As Artistic Director Blake Robison enters his fourth season,Round House Theatrewill continue to specialize in literary adaptations, presenting two world premiere adaptations on its Bethesda main stage. The upcoming roster, Robison says, "supports local playwrights and celebrates women's voices in the theater," with four of the five works by women.
"How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents" (Sept. 17-Oct. 12) is the first adaptation commissioned under Robison. Washington-based playwright Karen Zacar¿as, whose "The Book Club Play" is in a world-premiere run at Round House now, has adapted Julia Alvarez's 1991 novel. Getting the rights was easier than usual, as Robison grew up a neighbor of Alvarez's in Middlebury, Vt. He will direct.
Washington area playwright Mary Hall Surface was commissioned to write a new stage version of Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" for the holiday slot. Surface also will direct "Alice" (Nov. 26-Dec. 28).
Derek Goldman, the director-playwright at the helm of Georgetown University's theater department and Davis Performing Arts Center, will stage Sarah Ruhl's "Eurydice" (Feb. 4-March 1, 2009), a modern take on the myth by the poetic, high-profile young dramatist ("Dead Man's Cell Phone," "The Clean House").
Former Round House artistic director Jerry Whiddon will stage a revival of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Next" (April 1-26, 2009), adapted by Dale Wasserman from Ken Kesey's novel. Matthew Detmer ("A Prayer for Owen Meany," "The Book Club Play") will play the rebellious psychiatric patient Randle P. McMurphy opposite Kathryn Kelley ("Orson's Shadow") as Nurse Ratched.
In the comedy "A Sleeping Country" (May 27-June 21, 2009) by Melanie Marnich ("Quake," "Tallgrass Gothic"), the insomniac heroine travels to Venice to seek out a sleepless countess who may be the key to a cure. The Kennedy Center's Gregg Henry will direct.
-- Jane Horwitz