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April 21, 2004

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Publication Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2004

TheatreWorks revises its season TheatreWorks revises its season (April 21, 2004)

TheatreWorks has announced changes to its 2004-2005 season.

"Enchanted April" has been dropped and will be replaced by a new musical, "A Little Princess," and the West Coast premiere of Nicholas Wright's London and Broadway play "Vincent in Brixton."

Opening the season in June will be a revival of Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia," which plays from June 16 to July 11 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Part mystery, part love story, the comedy follows the inhabitants of a 19th century estate and the pair of modern day historians who investigate their every move.

As planned originally, the second production will be "Red," a drama set during China's cultural revolution. Actor Francis Jue, who has spent the last two years on Broadway with "Thoroughly Modern Millie," will return to star in "Red" July 14 to August 8.

"A Little Princess," playing from August 25 to September 19, is a new musical by Brian Crawley and Andrew Lippa and based on the novel by Francis Hodgson Burnett, author of "The Secret Garden." It will feature a Broadway-trained cast led by director Susan Schulman, who staged "Secret Garden" in New York.

Lisa Loomer's "Living Out," a contemporary play on the issue of who cares for your children while you're making a living, will be presented October 6 to 31 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

For the holidays, TheatreWorks will present "Striking 12," a rewired version of Hans Christian Anderson's classic, "The Little Match Girl." The musical was developed last year as part of TheatreWorks' New Works Initiative. The musical will run from December 1 through January 2 at Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

The West Coast premiere of "Shakespeare in Hollywood," directed by Robert Kelley, will be staged January 19 to February 13. 2005. Set in 1934, the play is described as "a clash of high culture and popular comedy in America."

Nicholas Wright's "Vincent in Brixton," a 2003 Olivier Award winner, opens March 9 and continues through April 3, 2005, at Lucie Stern. The drama follows an arrogant 20-year-old Vincent Van Gogh, who arrives in London in 1873 as an art dealer trainee. It played on Broadway, where is was nominated for a Tony for the best play of 2003.

"Crowns" is a musical adapted from the book, "Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats," by playwright/actress Regina Taylor, best known as Lilly on the television series, "I'll Fly Away." "Crowns" plays April 6 through May 1, 2005, at Lucie Stern and concludes the season.

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