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Hartford sked opens with ‘Children’

A.d. Wilson goes double-duty with 'Targets'

SOUTHBURY, Conn. — Hallie Foote, Roberta Maxwell and Jean Stapleton will star in the Hartford Stage Co. production of Horton Foote’s new play “The Carpetbagger’s Children.”

Hartford a.d. Michael Wilson directs the show, which will be seen first at Houston’s Alley Theater and the Guthrie in Minneapolis. Wilson will direct a second co-production later this year with the Alley, where he was associate director through 1998, Eve Ensler’s “Necessary Targets.”

“Carpetbagger’s Children” opens Hartford Stage’s 2001-02 season with a Sept. 6-23 run. It tells of the surviving daughters of a Union soldier who went to Texas during the Civil War.

The play launches a nine-play all-American season at Hartford that will include a revival of Phillip Barry’s “The Philadelphia Story” in October and another installment of the company’s ongoing Tennessee Williams tribute, this time made up of a number of his one-act plays.

Also on tap are “Diosa,” a new play by Edwin Sanchez (“Clean”); Lisa Kron’s solo performance piece “2.5 Minute Ride”; and, to close the season, a revival of Edward Albee’s “Seascape.”

A familiar face

HSC is negotiating with former a.d. Mark Lamos to direct the latter. Lamos won the 2001 Lucille Lortel award for best revival for his Off Broadway production of Albee’s “Tiny Alice,” which began life at the HSC.

The Hartford nonprofit is about to close its current season with the premiere of another new play, William Luce’s biographical comedy “Baptiste: The Life of Moliere.”

Directed by David Warren, it features Sam Tsoutsouvas in the title role. He’ll be assisted in scenes from Moliere’s plays themselves by actors Jeremy Shamos and Mary Lou Rosato, and a chorus of dancers.