Sunday, September 7, 2003

Mainstream no place for Know Theatre Tribe



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Know Theatre Tribe, the folks who brought Cincinnati audiences Corpus Christi and Two Trains Running are ready to deliver another beyond-the-mainstream season of theater in 2004, and it features some of last season's best on-stage talent.

The season:

• Jan. 29-Feb. 14, Athol Fugard's classic tale of apartheid My Children! My Africa! featuring Reggie Willis.

• Feb. 14-28, Neat, a sequel to Know hit Pretty Fire, the autobiographical one-woman show by Charlayne Woodard. Burgess Byrd returns, this time playing an African-American girl entering her teens in a northern city in the 1950s.

• March 18-April 3, Lips, a timely election-year political comedy about the first woman U.S. president who wants to bring the issue of gay rights to her party's platform.

• May 6-22, A Note on the Type, a world premiere by local playwright Kevin Barry (In Rebel Country, The Boy's Room). Set in 15th century England, it's both a literary puzzle and a tale of obsession.

• June 10-26, Another American: Asking and Telling focuses on the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy in a collection of interviews with military personnel, civil rights lawyers, federal judges, professors and politicians performed in the dramatic monologue style of The Laramie Project.

• Aug. 5-21, TBA.

"We keep pushing for topics of interest to us, and then do them better than we've done before," says artistic director Matthew Pyle.

"These are topics that need to be talked about," adds executive director Jay Kalagayan. "Every season reflects who we are supposed to be - a contemporary, multi-cultural theater."

Next year will be the sixth season for Know, no small accomplishment as Kalagayan starts on the fingers of one hand and continues on the other as he counts up theater companies that have come and gone while scrappy Know survived and grew.

Know didn't present a planned August production. Kalagayan acknowledges that the congregation that hosts the theater at Gabriel's Corner (Sycamore at Liberty in Over-the-Rhine) has been "understandably" cautious about signing off on titles since the controversy surrounding Corpus Christi.

He promises there will be a holiday show to finish the season, details by the end of September. Information: 300-5669; www.knowtheatre.com.

E-mail jdemaline@enquirer.com




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