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FROM THE FOOTLIGHTS - May, 1997

"HEIDI" & HER FRIENDS

On Thursday, May 15, we continue our series on friendship with Wendy Wasserstein's "The Heidi Chronicles." "Heidi" follows a brilliant feminist art historian & her friends from the radical 1960's through the mercenary 1980's. The New York Times called the play "mirthful & touching"; Newsday found it "wonderful and important" & "gloriously well-written." After "Heidi" ends, some audience members storm angrily out of the theater & others can't stop crying (Andre Bishop, from the Foreword). "'The Heidi Chronicles' is a play of our time, for our time, & one that, in many ways, defines it" (United Press International).

We will meet at Luna Books, 1633 P St., NW (3 blocks east of DuPont Circle), with dinner at 6:30 p.m. & our discussion starting around 7:45. Make reservations early: e-mail skimmel@fcc.gov or call Mark Gruenberg (202-338-7013, eve & 638-0444, day.)

Look for "Heidi" (at a special Footlights discount) in northwest DC at Chapters, 1512 K St.; Olsson's, 1307 19th St.; & Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. You can also find "Heidi" at discount bookstore Super Crown, 11 DuPont Circle & 5110 Nicholson Lane (White Flint Shopping Center), & in the $6 acting edition at Backstage Books, 2101 P St., NW.

PLAYWRIGHT SPEAKS

On Wednesday, May 14, at 7 p.m., Wendy Wasserstein will speak on "Life in the Theatre" at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St., SE (near the Union Station & Capitol South metros). Dick Sullivan will distribute tickets near the theater entrance starting at 6:30. If you still need a ticket, call the Library at 202-544-7077. Tickets are $10, & include a reception following the lecture.

MORE "LOVE!"

Thanks to director Jack Going for participating in our April 16 discussion of "Love! Valour! Compassion!," opening April 30. On Saturday, May 24, at 2 p.m., Footlights will attend Jack's production of "Love!" at the Studio Theatre, 1333 P St., NW, in DC. Joel Markowitz of the group Ushers will distribute tickets near the box office starting at 1:15. A discussion with the cast will follow the performance. Joel has arranged for a lavish post-discussion buffet at a nearby restaurant for $20 per person. Call Joel at 301-590-0711 to make dinner reservations or to learn if theater tickets are still available.

"RED, HOT & BLUE": A SPECIAL FOOTLIGHTS TOUR

The Smithsonian exhibit "Red, Hot & Blue: A Salute to American Musicals" showcases American musical theater from its immigrant roots in 19th-century vaudeville, through its Broadway and Hollywood heyday, to its redefined cultural role today. The exhibit curators will lead a free private tour for Footlights members from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22 at the National Portrait Gallery, 8th & F Streets, NW, in DC (Gallery Place metro). We will meet in front of the security desk. RSVP by e-mail to dsobelso@capaccess.org or by calling (202) 484-8303.

SAVE THESE DATES

On Monday, June 16, our friendship series continues with Lanford Wilson's "5th of July," which we will attend at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 29 at the Washington Shakespeare Company in Arlington, VA. Tickets are $12 & include a group discount and a post-performance discussion with the cast. Make your check out to the Washington Shakespeare Company & mail by June 7 to Robin Larkin, 5403 Nibud Ct., Rockville, MD 20852 (240-669-6300) (robin.larkin@erols.com).

On Tuesday, July 15 we conclude our friendship series with a discussion of Jean Anouilh's "Becket," which we will attend on Saturday afternoon, August 9, at Maryland's Olney Theatre. Contact Robin Larkin for further information about this or our other trips to the theater.

GENERAL INFORMATION

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What's the name of Wendy Wasserstein's new play (just opened on Broadway)? Where is it set? Our monthly theater quiz is only one of the reasons to subscribe to our free postal newsletter. You can subscribe by sending a note to editor Laurie Cullen, lcullen@erols.com.

See you soon!