Repertory Theatre season opens June 21
Repertory Theatre opens its 2001 summer season with "Gypsy,"
an American musical classic, on June 21.
Based on the biography of Gypsy Rose Lee, by Arthur Laurentis,
the story chronicles the golden age of vaudeville and the rise
of the famous burlesque star and mother of all stage mothers,
Directed by U.Va. drama professor Robert Chapel, "Gypsy"
opens June 21 for 10 performances in Culbreth Theatre.
Since 1974, HRT has been in residence during the summer months
University's professional repertory theatre. Leading directors,
designers, technicians and actors from across the country join
the company each year to produce a season of variety and excellence
in rotating repertory.
Other plays in this summer's HRT line up are:
"Art." Opens July 6 in Culbreth.
Serge buys an expensive new painting and shows it to his two best
friends. Their responses challenge the very basis of their friendship,
and raise questions over the nature of art. The comedy/drama won
both the Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Play in 1998.
"The Rainmaker." Opens July 12 in Culbreth.
This classic tells the story of Starbuck, a charismatic con man
who sells hope to a drought-plagued town. Starbuck also casts
his spell on Lizzie, the "plain," unmarried daughter
of the rancher who hires him. Recently revived on Broadway, this
play is one the whole family will enjoy.
"Grease." Opens July 19 in Culbreth.
Brush up your ducktails, put on your poodle skirts, and revisit
senior year at Rydell High, where the too-cool Danny loves the
straight-laced Sandy. Will true love prevail? Of course it will,
to such great tunes as "Greased Lightnin'," "Look
at Me, I'm Sandra Dee" and "We Go Together."
"Dames at Sea." Opens July 17 for 21 performances
in the Helms Theatre.
The first show ever performed in the Helms, back in 1974, returns.
Ruby is fresh off the bus in New York City, eager to be a Broadway
actress. When the star falls ill, she just might get her big break.
This tribute to Busby Berkeley is the off-Broadway hit that made
Bernadette Peters famous.
Tickets range from $100 for the season to $25 per show for the
general public. For details, call 924-3376 or see http://www.virginia.edu/~