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Wilson, Leight will highlight Taper season

'Tuva,' 'Bourne' to preem

The latest work from August Wilson, a unique repertory pairing and last year’s Tony winner Warren Leight (“Side Man”) highlight the seven new plays in the Center Theater Group’s 2000-01 season at the Mark Taper Forum.

The theater will boast two world premieres: Peter Parnell’s “Tuva or Bust,” about Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman, and “The Body of Bourne,” by John Belluso, the co-director of the Taper’s Other Voices Project and recipient of the Taper’s 1999 Sherwood Award for adventurous artists.

The season starts Sept. 14 with the West Coast premiere of Wilson’s “King Hedley II,” which takes place in 1985 Pittsburgh. It will be presented in association with Sageworks.

Olivier Award winner “Closer” opens Nov. 9, directed by Taper producing director Robert Egan. Patrick Marber’s Tony-nominated play is set in London in the 1990s.

Leight, who wrote “Side Man,” returns to the jazz world for the West Coast premiere of “Glimmer, Glimmer and Shine” beginning Jan. 25. The play, first produced as “Glimmer Brothers” at the Williamstown Theater, will be directed by Evan Yionoulis.

“Tuva or Bust!,” inspired by Ralph Leighton’s book and the writings of Feynman, will star Alan Alda under the direction of Taper artistic director Gordon Davidson. The play opens March 22, 2001.

Belluso’s “The Body of Bourne” concerns the essayist, orator, poet and playwright Randolph Bourne, who died in 1918 after writing “Youth and Life,” a manifesto for counterculture. Lisa Peterson, an associate artist at the Taper, will direct the play, which opens May 31, 2001.

“In Real Life” by Charlayne Woodard and “Another American: Asking and Telling” by Marc Wolf will be staged in repertory beginning July 21 and ending Sept. 16. Woodard won a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for “Pretty Fire” and her “Neat” was staged by the Taper in the 1997-98 season. Wolf, who dramatizes 18 military stories in his one-man show, will be directed by Joe Mantello.

The Taper will also stage a holiday work, the Cornerstone Theater’s “For Here or to Go?” from Dec. 15-24. Season subscriptions are now on sale; single tickets will go on sale in September.

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