Fund for New American Plays

Four Baboons Adoring the Sun

Lincoln Center Theater, New York, NY

Four Baboons Adoring the Sun takes place in Sicily, where two American archaeologists, recently married, are set to enjoy a working holiday with the children from their previous marriages. They want to spend their time teaching their kids about the mysteries and splendors of ancient civilizations and mythology, and to unite their kids into one happy family. The play begins as domestic comedy, then moves into a tragic world that is dark, deep, and mythic, as the youngsters test the limits of idealized love. Philip, Penny, and their children travel an extraordinary, almost fantastical journey through the use of words, music, sound, and visual effect.

John Guare wrote Six Degrees of Separation (1990 New York Drama Critics Circle Award/Best Play Hull-Warriner Award, Obie), which has been produced in Great Britain, Australia, South Africa, Istanbul, Japan, Germany, Sweden, and Israel. The film version of the play was directed by Fred Schepisi. Guare is the author of The House of Blue Leaves (1971 New York Drama Critics Circle Award/Best American Play, Outer Critics Circle Award, Obie), Rich and Famous, Marco Polo Sings a Solo, Landscape of the Body (1978 Hull-Warriner Award), Bosoms and Neglect, Lydie Breeze, Gardenia, and Women and Water. He wrote the lyrics and was co-author of the book for Two Gentlemen of Verona (1972 New York Drama Critics Circle Award/Best Musical, Tony Award/Best Musical), and wrote the screenplay for Atlantic City (New York, Los Angeles, and National Film Critics Circle awards, Oscar nomination). He received the Award of Merit from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and in 1989 was elected as a member. He serves on the Council of the Dramatists Guild. He is co-editor of The Lincoln Center New Theater Review and co-produces the new plays Reading Room series at the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts.

Director: Peter Hall
Set Designer: Tony Walton
Lighting Designer: Richard Pilbrow
Costume Designer: Willa Kim
Sound Designer: Paul Arditti
Music: Stephen Edwards
Featured Performers: Stockard Channing, Ellen Hamilton Latzen, James Naughton, Eugene Perry
Running Dates: February 22-April 14, 1991

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