Susan Booth guest-directs for Aurora Theatre in 2009



(Photo by Greg Mooney)

Susan V. Booth, artistic director of the Tony-winning Alliance Theatre, ventures well outside the perimeter to direct Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie for Lawrenceville’s Aurora Theatre from March 5-April 5, 2009. It’s a coup for Aurora and the highlight of its newly announced 2008-09 theatrical season.

Aurora’s schedule also features vampires, corpses and the devil (which makes it sound more like a season of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”). The season begins with the musical Damn Yankees (“in celebration of the Gwinnett Braves bringing us professional baseball”), in which a baseball fan sells his soul to the devil to play a winning season with his favorite team (Aug. 7-Sep. 7). Next, something wicked this way comes with Steven Dietz’s adaptation of Dracula in time for Halloween (Oct. 7-Nov. 2). After the perennial Christmas Canteen (Nov. 28-Dec. 21), Aurora presents the vintage English mystery Corpse!, featuring one actor playing identical twins (Jan. 15-Feb. 8).

Following The Glass Menagerie next spring, Aurora’s season finishes up with the Caribbean fairy-tale musical Once On This Island from the creators of Ragtime and Seussical. Overall it sounds like a commercially savvy line-up, but it’s a shame that it includes no show as new or intriguing as Aurora’s brainy, risky comedy Bach at Leipzig from last fall.

Incidentally, Booth directs the Alliance Theatre's next main stage show, the Pulitzter-winning drama Doubt, which begins previews April 2.

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