Wednesday, March 24, 1999

Wexner stages exhibit on Broadway innovator

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Julie Taymor, pioneering director of a host of stunning stage and productions and most famous for Broadway's The Lion King, will be the subject on a major museum retrospective at the Wexner Center in Columbus this fall.

        Julie Taymor: Playing with Fire will be on view Sept. 18-Jan. 2 at the Wexner, on the Ohio State University campus. A fully staged production of her Tony Award-nominated musical Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass will be presented Nov. 4-7 in conjunction with the exhibit.

        “Julie Taymor has forged an entirely new theatrical language: part tradition, part invention, part magic,” Wexner director and exhibit co-curator Sherri Gelden says.

        Playing with Fire will fill all four Wexner galleries with large-scale installations, including puppets, masks and costumes. Video clips of some major productions, including Oedipus Rex starring Jessye Norman, will accompany the exhibit.

        Ms. Taymor's latest project is a film of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus,starring Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange.

        Playing with Fire is the first announced event in the Wexner's 10th anniversary season. The complete schedule will be announced in May. Information: (614) 292-3535.


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