Hartford’s ‘Menagerie’ to park at Harvard

Cast also includes McCarthy, Dudek and Sparks

SOUTHBURY, Conn. — The Hartford Stage Co.’s well-received revival of Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie,” featuring Elizabeth Ashley’s tough, vigorous interpretation of Amanda Wingfield, is to have a second life.

Following its extended April 5-May 12 run in Hartford, it is scheduled for a June 19-July 11 run at Harvard U.’s Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, Mass., where it will be presented by Robert Brustein’s American Repertory Theater.

Directed by HSC artistic director Michael Wilson, the production’s cast also includes Andrew McCarthy, Anne Dudek and Willis Sparks.

ART season set

Brustein also has announced his 2001-02 ART season, which is likely to be his last prior to his retirement at the age of 75. Brustein was the founding artistic director of both the Yale Repertory Theater and the ART.

The season will open in November with Russian director Yuri Yeremin’s production of “Othello,” with John Douglas Thompson playing the title role, as he has at Providence’s Trinity Repertory Co. Brustein and Karin Coonrod will then co-direct Pirandello’s “Enrico IV” in a new adaptation by Brustein.

Following it will be a new play by Adam Rapp, whose “Nocturne” and “Animals and Plants” were included in the ART’s 2000-01 season. “Stone Cold Dead Serious,” described as a high-octane romp across the wastelands of American suburbia by a cast of freaks and geeks, will be directed by Marcus Stern.

The season will also include Gogol’s “The Inspector General,” staged by Hungarian director Janos Szasz, and a new thriller, Robert William Sherwood’s “Absolution,” directed by Scott Zigler. The latter revolves around three friends who committed a horrific crime as high school students 15 years previously and have concealed their participation in it.

Season will end with a Larry Gelbart adaptation of Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata” with music by William Bolcom and lyrics by Arnold Weinstein. Directed by Andrei Serban, it will feature Cherry Jones as Lysistrata.

The ART continues its search for Brustein’s replacement.