Ford's Theatre expected an audience of prominent liberal Democrats for Monday night's opening of "Mountain," especially since the play is about one of the Supreme Court's most liberal members, the late justice William O. Douglas. But surprisingly, the audience was filled with Republicans. In fact, Frank Fahrenkopf Jr., former Republican National Committee chairman, said he loved the Douglas line "Republicans and spiders have conservative and ugly all locked up." As voiced by the show's star, Len Cariou, some of Douglas's comments on Republicans didn't get the laughs they might have, but the performance did evoke memories for members of the audience who had known the controversial, much-married Douglas.

Former reporter Dorothy Marks said during intermission that she was pleased to see such good things written about Douglas's second wife, Mercedes, adding, "I knew her during their divorce." National Endowment for the Arts Chairman John Frohnmayer said he remembers sitting on the great justice's lap when Douglas came out to Oregon for a fishing trip with Frohnmayer's father. Asked if he remembered Douglas as a tall man, he said, "To an 8-year-old, everyone is tall." Former Supreme Court justice Lewis Powell, who served with Douglas, told Cariou that his portrayal of Douglas was as he remembered him. Others in the opening-night audience included Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and at least three Democrats: Sens. Fritz Hollings, Chuck Robb and Howard Metzenbaum. Ford's Executive Producer Frankie Hewitt said she was surprised so few liberal political figures came to opening night and that Douglas's fourth and last wife, Cathy, did not respond to invitations to attend. Out and About Jordan's Queen Noor is in town this week for a series of meetings and events connected with the Middle East crisis. Both she and George and Barbara Bush were staying in New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel over the weekend, and where Sunday evening she walked over to the Presidential Suite to have tea with Barbara Bush. Today the queen will speak on the Persian Gulf crisis at the Brookings Institution here and will attend a reception in the evening at the Jordanian Embassy to raise funds for refugee relief. Tomorrow she will attend a luncheon sponsored by the Jordan Society at the Willard Hotel ...

There's gold in them thar Texas hills and Kennedy Center Chairman James D. Wolfensohn is out to mine it. Plans for a Texas festival next June at the Kennedy Center are being announced tomorrow in Dallas by Wolfensohn, Kennedy Center trustee Caroline Rose Hunt and Dallas Mayor Annette Strauss, and representatives of a major, public-relations-conscious oil company underwriting the project that the Kennedy Center is not yet willing to name ...

Baseball teams like to get presidents to throw out the first ball of the season, but usually they don't call on ex-presidents. The Baltimore Orioles are considering asking Richard Nixon to throw out the first pitch at Memorial Stadium next season, the last year they will play in the venerable park. Martin B. Conway, the team's vice president, says the invitation hasn't been extended yet, but he feels certain it is one that sports fan Nixon would consider. The reason for selecting Nixon isn't all that mysterious when it is pointed out that as vice president on April 15, 1954, he threw out the first ball when the team played its first game in the stadium ...

Two long-lost Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart piano manuscripts of the Fantasia in C Minor and the Sonata in C Minor, missing since the 19th century, will be auctioned by Sotheby's in London next month. The original working manuscripts, discovered last July in a safe of a Philadelphia seminary, are expected to be sold for $1 million ...