Arena Stage last week announced the 13 plays currently under consideration for production during the 1986-87 season.
Already selected is Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment," which will mark the American debut of Soviet director Yuri Lyubimov.
The 12 remaining plays, from which six or seven will be selected for presentation, include David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross," winner of the 1984 Pulitzer Prize; Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"; Molie re's "The Misanthrope"; and Christopher Durang's "The Marriage of Bette and Boo."
"Going Hollywood," a musical version of Hart and Kaufman's "Once in a Lifetime" by Joseph Leonardo, David Zippel and Jonathan Sheffer about three rambunctious New York vaudevillians who go West to seek riches and fame in the talking movies, will have its world premiere at Arena pending availability of rights. Another possible premiere (American) is "Ourselves Alone," a drama set in Belfast by Irish writer Anne Devlin.
Also under consideration is Euripides' "Orestes," which, if chosen, would be the first Greek classic ever to be staged at Arena in its 36-year history .
Rounding out the list is Euge ne Labiche's and A. Delacour's "The Piggy Bank," Keith Reddin's "Life and Limb," George Bernard Shaw's "Heartbreak House," Garson Kanin's "Born Yesterday," and Thomas Middleton's and William Rowley's "The Changeling."
According to spokesman Shawn Fraser, factors such as availability of directors, the characteristics of Arena's acting company and relevance to current events will determine the final play selection, which will be announced sometime in August.
Moving Target Theatre, a new Washington theater that plans to perform classics exclusively, will hold a benefit party May 10 from 2 to 5 p.m. at 1552 33rd St. NW. Tickets are $25 each or $35 for two; call 965-2345. Moving Target's first production will be Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler," which will open June 26 at the St. Augustine Church.
Odds and Ends
The American National Theater will hold auditions tonight at 5 for a "cute" boy age 7 to 10 for a role in its upcoming production of "Ajax." Candidates should bring a recent photo and enter through the Eisenhower Theater stage door . . . The Trinity Players are accepting original scripts by local playwrights for nonpaying workshop production next season. Nonreturnable scripts accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope may be sent to the New Playwrights' Showcase, Trinity Players, 3514 O St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20007.
On the Boards
The Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company opened its 1986 season last week with "Christmas on Mars," which will run in repertory with "New York Mets" and "And Things That Go Bump in the Night" through July 31; call 393-3939 . . . Round House Theatre's final production of the season will be Shakespeare's "The Two Gentlemen of Verona," which opens Monday and runs through June 1 . . . San Francisco's Plutonium Players will perform "Ladies Against Women: An Evening of Consciousness Lowering!" Saturday at 8 p.m. at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church; call 234-8072 . . . Washington Theatre Wing's production of "Coming Attractions" opens Thursday at the Black Box Theatre, where it will run in repertory with "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"; call 485-6368 . . . So Far Theatre Company's production of "Game Time," an original comedy by Washingtonian Rick Foucheux, previews Thursday through Saturday at the Dumbarton Methodist Church, during which time audiences will be encouraged to voice their impressions of the play, which will then go back into rehearsal before opening May 7; call 683-0470 . . . "Betty Inside/Out," an original three-woman show, premieres Wednesday at d.c. space, where it will run Wednesdays and Thursdays through May . . . "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?" has been extended through Sunday at the Warner Theatre.