American Rep Theater gets seasonal ‘Face-Lift’

Dramatized date-rape, 'Antigone,' 'Farces' part of new ART legit slate

SOUTHBURY, Conn. — Moral issues raised by an alleged campus date rape are dramatized in Robert Brustein’s new play “The Face-Lift,” which will be given its premiere during the 2000-2001 season of Brustein’s American Repertory Theater, its 22nd, based at Harvard’s Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, Mass.

Part of the ART’s annual New Stages series, “The Face-Lift” will be joined by “Nocturne,” by young American playwright Adam Rapp, which tells “through a series of lyrical monologues” the “heartbreaking story of a brother piecing together the events surrounding his sister’s death and its consequences.”

The dates for both are to be announced.

Upcoming season slate

The October to June ART season will include a November production of Sophocles’ “Antigone” directed by ART associate director Francois Rochaix. Next will be “Three Farces and a Funeral” in December, an evening of the one-act Chekhov comedies “The Proposal,” “The Bear” and “The Wedding Reception,” adapted by Brustein and directed by Russia’s Yuri Yeremin.

In January, ART resident director David Wheeler will stage George Bernard Shaw’s “The Doctor’s Dilemma,” and the same month Hungarian director Janos Szasz will helm Bertolt Brecht’s “Mother Courage and Her Children.” The season will end with Robert Woodruff directing William Shakespeare’s “Richard II” in May.

Brustein’s new play will also be directed by Wheeler, and “Nocturne” will be staged by Marcus Stern.

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