Fund for New American Plays

Dutch Landscape

Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, CA

Set during the 1970s, Dutch Landscape portrays a family that has lost touch with its roots in 1960s idealism, as the parents and two sons find themselves in a world of changing values. Living in tumultuous South Africa, they are isolated and far away, not only from their home in America, but from each other.

Jon Robin Baitz's plays have been produced around the world, and include The Substance of Fire (seen at Playwrights Horizons, Lincoln Center Theater, Coconut Grove Playhouse, and Los Angeles Theater Center), Mizlansky/Zilinsky, Dutch Landscape, The Film Society (seen at Los Angeles Theater Center, Second Stage, Hampstead Theatre in London, and McCarter Theatre Company), and The End of the Day (produced at Playwrights Horizons). He wrote and directed the film Three Hotels for PBS-TV's American Playhouse, and a stage version of the play was produced by the Circle Repertory Company. He is a member of the Naked Angels company, where his play, It Changes Every Year, was produced as part of an evening of short works about women's issues. The Theatre Communications Group has published The Substance of Fire and Other Plays. The Substance of Fire is also currently being made into a feature film. His work has been honored with New York Newsday's Openheimer Award, and he has received Rockefeller and Revson fellowships.

Director: Gordon Davidson
Set Designer: Heidi Landesman
Lighting Designer: Tharon Musser
Costume Designer: Ann Bruice
Sound Designer: John Gottlieb
Composer: Rick Baitz
Leading Performers: Penny Fuller, Olivia Virgil Harper, Stephen Joyce, Todd Merrill, Philip Reeves, Raphael Sbarge
Running Dates: January 8-March 5, 1989

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