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'The Heidi Chronicles' opens in Pleasanton for 3-week run

Pulitzer Prize=winning drama a production of Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre

The Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre opened "The Heidi Chronicles" last night for a three-week run in its Studio Theatre on Serpentine Lane.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through June 27.

Published in 1989, "The Heidi Chronicles" received the Pulitzer Prize for drama as well as the Tony and New York Drama Critics' Circle awards for best play. The play, a series of interrelated scenes, is an unflinching portrayal of the baby boomer generation's coming-of-age. Heidi Holland is a character typical of many women born in the post-World War II era: she is intelligent, well educated, and attempting to make it in a society dominated by men.

The chronicles of Heidi Holland, played by Emily Garcia, take her from high school graduation to a distinguished career as an art history professor and published writer to a 40-something woman who has come to realize that having it all isn't synonymous with happiness. Gradually distancing herself from her friends, she watches them move from the idealism and political radicalism of their college years through militant feminism and, eventually, back to the materialism that they had sought to reject in the first place.

Heidi's story includes the paths taken by her friends -- the wrong-for-her Scoop (Dustin Battaion), whom she (and we) can't help loving; a charismatic doctor (Cin Seperi); and her longest girlfriend Susan (Chelan Glavan). Heidi comes to accept the fact that liberation can be achieved only if one is true to oneself.

The cast also includes Michelle Bellaver, Joel Butler, Katherine Jestice, and Sara Worthing.

The play was written by Wendy Wasserstein, and it contains adult language. This production is directed by Susan Hovey.

Baby boomer journey

What: "The Heidi Chronicles"

Who: Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre (formerly Pleasanton Playhouse)

When: June 4-27; performances at 8 p.m. Fridays/Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays

Where: TVRT Studio Theatre, 1048 Serpentine Lane, Suite 309, Pleasanton

Tickets: $25 for adults (18-60); $22 for seniors (60-plus); $20 for juniors (under 18);$19 each for groups purchasing 20 or more tickets. Go to www.trivalleyrep.com or call 462-2121

Dolores Ciardelli

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