The American National Theater's artistic director, Peter Sellars, who enjoys doing things a bit different than others might, even takes a different approach with his promotional material. In preparing to film a television commercial for the upcoming opening of James O'Neill's version of Alexandre Dumas' "The Count of Monte Cristo," Sellars decided the setting for the advertisement should be the men's room of the Eisenhower Theater.
So early Friday morning, three of the stars of Sellars' second production of the American National Theater -- Richard Thomas, Patti LuPone and Roscoe Lee Browne -- resplendent in their 19th-century costumes, performed in one of the Eisenhower men's rooms before an obviously pleased Sellars, who was directing the commercial. The actors will not be appearing among the urinals, but they will be seen in the mirrored and marbled entry room. As Sellars put it: "All the glitz I've come to associate with Kennedy Center bathrooms will be reflected in the spot" . . . The 27-year-old Sellars, incidentally, was listed among 17 "Young Meteors" named in the June issue of Saturday Review. He was listed among the group of young men and women who, according to the magazine, "have handled their early successes with great aplomb" and "who have only just begun to light up our skies."
Two other Washingtonians made the "Meteors" list: Michael Beschloss, 29, author of "Kennedy and Roosevelt," who's at work on his second book, a study of American-Soviet relations during the Eisenhower presidency; and Richard Norton Smith, author of "Thomas Dewey and His Times" and a biography of Herbert Hoover, "An Uncommon Man." Smith is currently a speech writer for Sen. Pete Wilson.