Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Baltimore Waltz (pictured), makes its London premiere in a production supported by director John Caird's new company. The play runs at the Gatehouse Upstairs from 11 September 2001, in a director's showcase featuring Helen Eastman.

The 1986 work was inspired when Vogel's brother Carl was diagnosed as HIV positive. The author describes the narrative as a "journey with Carl to a Europe that exists only in the imagination". It portrays Anna and Carl, two Americans, setting off around a Europe that they know only from Hollywood movies. Although Carl speaks six languages, Anna speaks none and grapples with local lingos, cultures and men in equal measure.

The current version of The Baltimore Waltz started life at LAMDA whilst Eastman was a student there. The Caird Company, founded to nurture new talent, is providing artistic and administrative support. Recent LAMDA graduates will also be part of the project's cast and creative team.

The company features Anthony Eden, Faith Hagerty and Alex Kerr. Eden has appeared in Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Edinburgh Fringe 2000), Les Miserables (Palace) and was the Milkybar Kid in Nestle’s infamous TV adverts. Hagerty’s stage credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Greenwich Park) plus Sons and Lovers and Macbeth both at the Edinburgh Fringe. Kerr marks his professional debut with Baltimore, but has also performed in Mojo and Mort for the Edinburgh Fringe.

Helen Eastman is an associate of the Caird Company. Her other directing works include The Odyssey (Richmond Theatre), Iphigenia at Aulis (Oxford Playhouse) and a stint as Resident Director on The Donkey Show UK LAMDA European tour.

Vogel's works have been widely performed across America, and they include The Mineola Twins, How I Learned to Drive and Hot 'n' Throbbing. The Baltimore Waltz received an Obie award in 1992, and Vogel has also received the Guggenheim Fellowship and a Pell Award for Excellence in Arts.

- by Gareth Thompson