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The Singers Boy

American Conservatory Theater's world premiere production of Leslie Ayvazian's new play, Singer's Boy which marks Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis's return to A.C.T., opens at the Geary Theater Wednesday, May 7, 1997 at 8 p.m. costarring with Dukakis is African American actress Michele Shay.

A comic fable, Singer's Boy takes place inside, outside, and on top of an ivy-covered house that looks somewhat like a pyramid covered with jungle vegetation. Living there are Grace (Dukakis), a compulsive talker and storyteller, and her elderly parents (Anne Pitoniak and Gerald Hiken). The arrival of the mysterious and sensual singer (Shay) and her young handyman (Stephen Caffrey), with whom she is having an affair, awakens Grace's desire to live life again. Singer's explores our attitudes toward family, entrapment, and desire as the ivy is ripped off the windows and doors, and Grace attempts to reenter the world.

Heading the cast of Singer's is Olympia Dukakis, last seen at A.C.T. in Perloff's acclaimed production of Hecuba. A director, producer, and teacher as well as actor, Dukakis' career spans more than 30 years. On and off Broadway she has appeared in almost 200 theater productions, receiving two Obie Awards. Her films include Moonstruck (Academy Award), Steel Magnolias, and Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite. On television she has won acclaim in "Tales of the City," "Sinatra", and "Young at Heart," and she will soon be seen on the CBS movie, A Match Made in Heaven.

Michele Shay made her A.C.T. debut last season in August Wilson's Seven Guitars. Her New York credits include Home and for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf on Broadway, as well as The Playboy of the West Indies (Lincoln Center Theatre), Meetings (off Broadway), and A Midsummer night's Dream (New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park). She has been a member of the Negro Ensemble Company and the Minnesota Theatre Company. On television she has been seen on "The Cosby Show," "Miami Vice," and "Another World."

The Sun Reporter, 1997.