Tennessee Williams: Original Acts
July 14 - August 6, 2011
The plays, THE DARK ROOM, INTERIOR: PANIC, THE PRETTY TRAP, and I NEVER GET DRESSED TILL AFTER DARK ON SUNDAY, span Williams’ career from his earliest writings to his latest. They introduce the first incarnations of several of his most captivating characters. Here are 1940’s launchings of the ladies of THE ROSE TATTOO, THE GLASS MENAGERIE and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, in surprising stories. Here, also, are final fearless portraits of co-workers, inspired by Williams’ life in, difficulty with, and love of theatre. Tennessee Williams, best known for his compassionate depiction of wounded women, was truly a master of theatrical risk taking. He broke stifling stage molds throughout his life. Recently recognized plays of his continue to shock as much as awe even the most hard-hearted modern cynic. This year Williams remains as contemporary as ever, as he probably will be for the next hundred years. Featured in this spirited series of comic/lyric/sensual dramas are long time island visitors and actors, Scott Barrow and Peter Stray, New York’s Sheila Stasak, and newcomer to the Playhouse, award winner, Dee Nelson. Each actor inhabits a variety of Williams’ memorable men and women. Director Joann Green Breuer has been guiding shows at The Vineyard Playhouse for the past fifteen years, her latest was last season’s lobby staging of FAITH HEALER. Mac Young, with Ms. Breuer, designed the set, Fred Hancock, the lights; Amy Elizabeth Sabin, the costumes; Jim Novack, the sound; Timothy Toothman, stage manager. Especially to be noted is the music - arranged, played and recorded by local musical phenom, Adam Lipsky. The show is produced by Playhouse artistic director, MJ Bruder Munafo.