Tomei signs for ART ‘Pay’ days

Belgrader to direct production

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Oscar winner Marisa Tomei will make her American Repertory Theater debut in a new version of Dario Fo’s “We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!” the season-opening production at Robert Brustein’s Harvard-based nonprofit company at the Loeb Drama Center.

The production, which runs opens Sept. 15 through Oct. 3, features Ron Jenkins’ new translation/adaptation of the Nobel Prize-winning playwright’s satire. Also in the cast are Thomas Derrah, Ken Cheeseman, Caroline Hall and Will Lebow. Andrei Belgrader will direct.

‘Ohio’ partner

The production will be the first of the ART’s two 1999-2000 New Stages productions. The other will be Adrienne Kennedy’s new drama “The Ohio State Murders” at Cambridge’s Hasty Pudding Theater in the spring of 2000. It will be directed by Marcus Stern.

The rest of the ART’s 1999-2000 season will be staged at the Loeb, and will feature two sets of plays in repertory. Chekhov’s “Ivanov” (Nov. 26-Jan. 22), directed by Yuri Yeremin, the artistic director of the Moscow Pushkin Theater, will alternate with Christopher Durang and Albert Innaurato’s “The Idiots Karamazov” (Dec. 10-Jan. 16), staged by Karin Coonrod.

From ‘Loot’ to ‘Circle’

Following up will be Joe Orton’s “Loot” (Jan. 28-March 19), also directed by Belgrader, in repertory with Charles Mee’s “Full Circle” (Feb. 11-March 19), which is based on an ancient Chinese fable and is set in 1989 Europe after the fall of Communism. “Full Circle” will be directed by Robert Woodruff.

Last play of the season is Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” (May 12-June 11), staged by Macedonian director Slobodan Unkovski.

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