The Library of Congress' Coolidge Auditorium will be the setting for four Tuesday night programs drawn from creations of the 1930s Federal Theater Project. Free tickets, at a 25-cent service charge, will be available the Wednesday before each program in Campbell's Music Store, 1300 G. St. NW.
Performers will be from the New Federal Theater, cast from the Washington area by director Mark Mason. The scenes and excerpts stem from the Library of Congress' collection, deposited in 1974 at Virginia's George mason University, where a Research Center for the Federal Theater Project has been established. A small selection form its 40,000 items will be on display in the auditorium foyer during October.
The programs will focus on four aspects of the project: "The Living Newspaper," Oct. 4; "The Balck Theater," Oct. 11; "Women's Drama in the '30s," Oct. 18; and Radio Play, Oct. 25.
Established through the WPA (Works Progress Administration), the Federal Theater, headed by Hallie Flanagan, was created to employ artist during the Depression, at one point totaling 12,000 in cities and small American towns. Congressional attacks ended the project in 1939.
"The Rep," successor to the late D.C. Black Rep, will open a one-man show, "The Face of Love," starring E. L. James tonight at 8 at 3710 Georgia Van Tile Whitfield will run Thursdays through Sundays for four weeks. This will be a benefit for the theater at $10 a ticket.
Just east of the Library Congress, the Folger Theater Group is tunning up for its season in the Floger Shakespeare Library. Previewing Oct. 12-16, David Hare's "Teeth 'n' Smiles" is to open Oct. 17 under the direction of Jonathan Alper and Louis W Scheeder. Depicting disintegration of the rock group in the '60s, it was introduced at London's Royal Court Theater.
Israeli Ambassador Simcha Dinitz saw himsself portrayed in Baltimore at Sunday night's "Golda" benefit sponsored by the Pioneer Women, a group founded by the Golda Meir of the title. William Gibson's play was 18 minutes shorter than opening night, and both playwright and director Arthur Penn huddled with Dinitz after the performance discussing - "and confirming" - aspects of the Yom Kippur War, which frames the play's action.
With "Nightclub Cantata" to begin previews Oct. 7 in the Kreeger, Arena Stage also is in rehearsalso for Peter Nichlos "The National Health," which begin previews in the larger theater a week later. David Chambers' cast includes newcomers Jarlath Conroy, Paula Desmond, Terrence O'Hara, C.C.H. Pounder, John Madden Towey, John Wylie, Christine Estabrook and Veronica Castang.
Arthur Arnold Wesker and star Marian Seldes of the Eisenhower's "The Merchant" will dicuss the play at Wednesday's noon symposium in the Kennedy Center's AFI Theater. . . . The New Playwrights' Theater will benefit from Oct. 31 tickets to "A Chorus Line," allocated to the theater by producer Joseph Papp; details at 232-1122. . . . Gotham has joined the lineup of Saturday night's "Dialog for Human Rights" performance in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, the first gay liberation production in any major Washington theater. . . . Deborah Henry and Diane Frathantoni have succeeded Karon Jablons and Miriam Welsh in "A Chorus Line. . . . The Theater School, 306 H St. NW. is casting for "The Soft Touch" tonight at 7, Sunday afternoon at 3: details at 633-283. . . . Dallet Norris is staging Cole Porter's "Anything Goes." opening Wednesday at the Harlequin Dinner Theater, with Pam Bierly and Buddy Piccolino in the major roles.