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APRIL 12, 2000
By Robyn Melamed
Daily Arts Writer
A genuine c)nnection is all that Jerry, the main char-
acter in Edward Albee:s 1959 drama "Zoo Story,"
yearns for in his life. This weekend, theatre concentra-
Arl 14 at 7 & 11 p.m.
April 15 at 7 pr)
for Mat Patrick will put his direct-
ing skills to the test for his senior
directing project by trying to relay
Jerry's frustration to an audience
in this Basement Arts production.
"Zoo Story" looks at the life of
this boisterous man who goes to
Central Park in hopes of making a
true friend. Sure enough, Jerry
sits down next to Peter, a fairly
ordinary, proper man who is read-
ing quietly. Because of Jerry's
inability to communicate, Jerry
treats Peter unkindly. The two
men argue over a park bench,
which, according to Patrick, "is
tells Peter not to worry, he's not an animal anymore,"
he added. This established the common bond that
formed between the two.
Patrick chose this play because he was looking for a
challenge. "I wanted something that would stretch me
as a director. Also, this play is believable, honest and
moving. It is a simple unadorned story of two people,"
he said. Patrick is also a fan of Albee, and he thought
it was interesting that "Zoo Story" was the first play
Albee ever wrote.
For his final project, Patrick was expected to apply
all of his directing knowledge to this one play. He
thought the most difficult part of this was "trying to
cover all of the bases," he said. "I didn't want to over-
intellectualize it either. I wanted to keep it honest and
Patrick said he was able to attain this goal in part
due to his cast. Drama major Aral Basil Gribble III is
playing Peter, and music major Brendan McMahon
will portray Jerry. "All three of us are very dedicated
and equally committed. We had a vision, and we
worked our asses off to bring that vision on stage,"
With the strong devotion put into this project, it looks like
"Zoo Story" will be a success. The themes of realism and
naturalism, Patrick hopes, will express to the audience
"truth in the play that resonates in themselves. I would like
the audience to experience an enjoyable evening but get a
deeper understanding of their world."
Kathleen Turner (left) plays Mrs. Robinson in the stage version of "The Graduate."
bdare Mrs. Robinson
LOS ANGELES (AP) - George
Lucas is going digital to shoot much
of the next chapter of his "Star
After pioneering di gital projection
in movie theaters with "Star Wars:
Episode I -The Phantom Menace"
last year, Lucas said most of the
live-action scenes for "Episode-11"
will be shot using six digital, hig
definition camcorders instead of
Lucas made the decision after recent
trial runs with a prototype camera
made by Sony and Panavision.
"The tests have convinced me that
the familiar look and feel of motion
picture film are fully present;"
Lucas said Sunday in a message
posted on his official "Star Wars"
"The picture quality between t
two is indistinguishable on the large
"Episode II," the second of .he
three prequels in the series, is sched-
uled to begin shooting in June in
Los Angeles Tunes
when Jerry makes his connection."v
Throughout this play, Jerry describes aspects of his
life that trouble him. He has no surviving family mem-
bers and "no one in the world he ever connected with,"
Patrick said. As Jerry discovers his strong link with
Peter, he tries to "redeem Peter from his vegetable
state, and at the end he succeeds," Patrick said. "Jerry
Let's cut to the chase. A lot of women
in.their 40s will not undress in front of a
mirror. Some stay married so they'll
never have to take their clothes off in
front of another man. And then there is
Kathleen Turner, who is making her West
End debut as the middle-aged Mrs.
Robinson - in the nude.
True, she is only naked for a minute
and she is illuminated by a soft backlight,
the stage equivalent of an airbrush, if
there is one. She is in great shape and a
stunning heir to the role seared into a
generation's memory by Anne Bancroft
in the 1967 film of the same name, "The
How does Turner get up the nerve?
"It's tough. It's really tough," Turner.
said in her dressing room at the Gielgud
Theatre. The director noted that Turner
was "adding a beat" before dropping her
towel. "I said, 'No, I am not "adding a
beat." I am trying to make myself do it."'
Turner explains that the nudity was
written into the script by Terry Anderson,
who also directs the play. "I thought,'My
God, how shocking and what a wonder-
ful impact.' At the same time, I thought,
'Well, we'll see whether or not I'll do
"Throughout the rehearsal, Terry
said either we'll get there or we
won't. The closer we got to the first
audience, the more convinced I
became that it was right."
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