Hartford bows stage sked

'Menagerie,' 'MacBeth,' 'Oedipus,' 'House' highlight HSC seasonal slate

SOUTHBURY, Conn. — The premiere of a commissioned one-man play based on the life of Moliere and Elizabeth Ashley as Amanda in “The Glass Menagerie” are scheduled to be part of the Hartford Stage Co.’s 2000-2001 season in Hartford, Conn., its 37th season and the third under the artistic direction of Michael Wilson.

The HSC has commissioned “Moliere” from William Luce, who is best known for “The Belle of Amherst” and “Barrymore.” Although its dates aren’t set yet, it’s likely to be the final production of the HSC’s season.

The season will open with William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” directed by Wilson, Oct. 5 to Nov. 5. It will be followed by Sophocles’ “Oedipus the King,” adapted by Adrienne Kennedy and directed by Jonathan Wilson (Jan. 11-Feb. 11). Completing the season, with dates to be set, will be Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House,” adapted by Theresa Rebeck and directed by Tracy Brigden; “The Glass Menagerie,” with Ashley directed by Michael Wilson; and “Moliere.”

Meantime, the HSC has also set its upcoming Summerstage 2000 attractions. They’ll be a return engagement of Jean Stapleton in Rhoda Lerman’s one-woman play about Eleanor Roosevelt, “Eleanor — Her Secret Journey” (July 5-9), and David Selby in Conor McPherson’s solo play “St. Nicholas” (July 18-22), the latter directed by Wilson.

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