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FROM THE FOOTLIGHTS - October 1998

Landmark "Raisin" Continues Outsiders Series

On Wednesday, October 21, our "outsiders" series continues with Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun" (1959). This searing yet warm-hearted portrayal of an African-American family's struggle to escape the Chicago ghetto "changed American theater forever" (The New York Times). "One of the handful of great American plays" (The Washington Post), "Raisin" won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and became a celebrated film starring Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee.

Our discussion features director Scot Reese, whose production of the play opens at the Olney Theatre October 6. Professor Reese recently directed "An Asian Jockey In Our Midst" and "Pantomime" at the Round House Theatre and "Man, Woman, Dinosaur" at the Woolly Mammoth. He is currently writing a book about African- American theater directors.

We meet in October at Luna Books, 1633 P St., NW (3d floor), 3 three blocks E of Dupont Circle (dinner at 6:30; discussion at 7:30). SEATING IS LIMITED. Make reservations NOW by calling 202-638-0444 or e-mailing skimmel@compusnet.com. Look for "Raisin" in Rockville at Barnes & Noble, 12089 Rockville Pike, & in NW DC at Backstage Books, 2101 P St. & Super Crown, 11 Dupont Circle & for a special discount at Olsson's, 1307 19th St. & Politics & Prose, 5015 CT Ave.

"Raisin" Live at the Olney

On Saturday, November 7, at 2 p.m., Footlights attends "A Raisin in the Sun" at the Olney Theatre, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd. in Olney, MD (301-924-3400). Tickets are $18 & include a group discount & a post-performance cast discussion. Mail your check, payable to Footlights, to Robin Larkin, 5403 Nibud Ct., Rockville, MD 20852 (robin.larkin@erols.com). Indicate if you want to join us for dinner afterwards. We must receive payment by October 21, also the last date for refunds. Robin will distribute tickets at the theater.

A November "Miracle"

The next play in our "outsiders" series has "the power to wrench the heart" (New York Mirror): William Gibson's "The Miracle Worker" (1959), about teacher Annie Sullivan's efforts to awaken young Helen Keller to the concept & power of language. We meet Thursday, November 19, at a NEW LOCATION: the Delray Vietnamese Garden, 4918 Del Ray Ave. in Bethesda. Our discussion features Footlights' own Rachel Hartig, professor of foreign languages at Gallaudet University, the national university for the deaf.

Footlights on Stage

Welcome back to original member Jose Carrasquillo, here to direct Steven Berkoff's adaptation of Franz Kafka's "Metamorphosis." The play runs October 8-November 8 at the Washington Shakespeare Co., 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. For more information call 703-418-4808. We've obtained HALF-PRICE ($10) tickets for Saturday, October 10, at 8 p.m. To join our group mail your check, payable to the Washington Shakespeare Company, to Robin Larkin, 5403 Nibud Ct., Rockville, MD 20852 (robin.larkin@erols.com).

Amy Stern appears in Le Neon Theatre's original satire "Fascinating French Feast," a series of sketches about the French & their relationship to food. In French & English, "Fascinating French Feast" runs Thursdays-Sundays October 9-November 8 at the Rosslyn Spectrum, 1601 N. Kent St., Arlington. For more information call 703- 243-NEON.

Drew Schneider appears as Professor Van Helsing in the Burtonsville Players' production of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" (adapted by Hamilton Deane & John Balderston). "Dracula" runs Fridays & Saturdays October 16-31 in the Laurel Lakes Shopping Center, 14390 Baltimore Ave. (US-1), Laurel, MD. For more information call 301-593-8187.

Eugene O'Neill on Film

"Eugene O'Neill: A Glory of Ghosts" uses interviews, home movies, and scenes from his plays to chronicle O'Neill's extraordinary life. The National Gallery of Art presents the second half of "A Glory of Ghosts" Saturday, October 3, as part of a tribute to director Perry Miller Adato. The tribute starts with "Georgia O'Keeffe" at 12:30 p.m.; "A Glory of Ghosts" begins around 3 p.m. For more information call 202-842-6272.

Calendar--The Outsiders
Wednesday, October 21: "A Raisin in the Sun," Luna Books
Saturday, November 7: "A Raisin in the Sun," Olney Theatre
Thursday, November 19: "The Miracle Worker," Delray Vietnamese Garden
Monday, December 21: "The Last Night of Ballyhoo," Luna Books
Tuesday, January 19: TBA
Saturday, January 23: "The Last Night of Ballyhoo," Studio Theatre


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