Theatre Project schedule features plays by women


Theater pieces by women, as well as Dutch dance and drama, will highlight the 1991-1992 Theatre Project season.

Six of the 11 announced productions are by women, an emphasis that Theatre Project director Philip Arnoult described as unintentional but welcome.

The distaff lineup begins with Nava Zuckerman's Tmu-Na Theater of Tel Aviv, returning for the fourth time with a new work, "Shelter" (Oct. 16-27), set in an Israeli shelter during the gulf war.

"Song of Absence in the Fall of the Ashen Reign" (Jan. 22-Feb. 2, 1992) by Boston's Double Edge Theater, focuses on the Holocaust; its director, former Baltimorean Stacy Klein, will also lead workshops during December and January.

Later in February, experimental theater actress Margo Lee Sherman will perform "Stealth!" and "If Your Husband Wants a Dog" (Feb. 5-16), and the Judy Dworin Performance Ensemble of Hartford, Conn., which specializes in environmental dance-theater, will present "Distant Voices Coming Near" (Feb. 19-23).

"Rev-er-ber-ber-ations" (April 1-12, 1992) will showcase the work of Spiderwoman, a New York troupe founded by American Indian women, which performed much of its early work here.

The list concludes with a Dutch troupe, Dansgroep Krisztina de Chatel, performing "Typhoon" (March 18-22, 1992), in which seven dancers battle a storm.

The remainder of the Dutch series, which initiates a large-scale project to be presented with five other American theaters in coming seasons, consists of: Michael Matthews of Amsterdam in "Frank" (Oct. 30-Nov. 10), inspired by "Frankenstein," and Gonnie Heggen and Frans Poelstra in a comic revue, "The Laughing Cow" (March 4-15, 1992).

Three other announced productions mark the return of popular Theatre Project performers: Soviet actor Gennady Vetrov, star of Theater Buff, in the season opener, "Masquerade" (Sept. 11-29); Daniel Stein and Touchstone Theater of Bethlehem, Pa., collaborating on "We All Fall Down" (Oct. 2-13); and the Margolis Brown Adaptors of New York satirizing pop culture in "Decodanz" and "Koppelvision" (Nov. 13-24).

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