"In the Belly of the Beast" is a play of despair and violence. For William L. Petersen, who plays convicted murderer Jack HenryAbbott, it is an exhausting role, so physically demanding that he separated his shoulder at Saturday's performance. Because of the injury, last night's show was canceled. Petersen will be back on stage tonight in a production with slightly different, less strenuous staging and he will be performing with his arm in a sling . . .

Lynn Cutler, a vice chairman of the National Democratic Party, an unpaid position, has joined the Kamber Group. Her titles and duties have yet to be determined, but she will be working with liberal Democratic candidates who might be interested in buying the political consulting and campaign services of the Kamber Group . . .

CBS Television and CNN may not be on the best of terms since Ted Turner's attempt to take over the giant network. But "CBS Morning News" has scheduled CNN personality Larry King as a guest this morning to talk about the call-in reactions he has been receiving on his CNN and Mutual Radio shows concerning the hijack hostages . . .

Northern Virginia Rep. Stan Parris was quietly married last Tuesday evening to Alexandria real estate broker Martha (Marty) Merriam in a ceremony in the Capitol. It is Parris' third marriage . . .

There are going to be some unprofessional waiters at Morton's of Chicago in Georgetown Friday night when a group of beefy Redskins waits tables for the D.C. Special Olympics. Among those who have promised to tote the heavy steaks to the table are George Starke, Mark Moseley, Jeff Bostic, Curtis Jordan, Don Warren, Ken Huff, Rich Milot and Monte Coleman . . .

Henry Brandon, Washington bureau chief of the London Sunday Times from 1942 through 1983, was among the more than 600 named on Queen Elizabeth II's Honours Birthday List. Brandon, a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) . . .

Former president Richard Nixon plans to meet here on June 25 with President Habib Bourguiba of Tunisia on his official visit to the United States. John Taylor, Nixon's assistant, said Nixon is coming at the invitation of Tunisian Ambassador Habib Ben Yahia . . .

It's obvious who rates between the two Doles. There was a celebrity auction hosted by Gray & Co. last night in Georgetown to help raise money for Africare, a group that works to relieve hunger throughout Africa, and the opportunity to have a photograph taken with Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole went for $90. A similar opportunity to pose with her husband, Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole, went for only $75. A football offered up by Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke and autographed by all the players brought $125. Among the guests were Agriculture Secretary John Block, Sen. Larry Pressler, Rep. Lindy Boggs and columnist Art Buchwald . . .