Roundabout Theatre's Artistic Director Todd Haimes Introduces PICNIC, Opening on Broadway Dec 14
Roundabout Theatre Company's Artistic Director Todd Haimes just posted a blog entry on the upcoming Broadway production Picnic, discussing his reasons for staging the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by William Inge. The show begins this Friday, December 14, 2012, directed by Sam Gold.
"In Picnic, Inge wrote about people who felt particularly close to home for him. Growing up, his mother had taken in female school teachers as tenants, and Inge was fascinated by these single women and their lives. With his father on the road a great deal and his lone brother dying when Inge was 10 years old, Inge spent his formative years surrounded mostly by women," Halmes writes. "In fact, much of Picnic shows how closely Inge was paying attention to these women, watching as they were held back by society's expectations for them. In Picnic, we can see women fighting against loneliness, being undervalued because of lack of beauty or overlooked in spite of their intelligence, desperately clinging to hopes for the future, and struggling to make it through each day. The way that Inge writes about these women is typical of his best work, in which quiet lives quickly move from a simmer to a boil, and all it takes is one tiny spark (in this case, the arrival of the attractive Hal Carter) to make everything explode."
"For a decade, Inge was celebrated for this kind of work, and then it all suddenly came crashing down. After his four hits, Inge had a string of flops," Halmes continues. "When I read Inge's plays, I am incredibly frustrated by the way that he was brushed aside in his later years."
"My desire to bring Inge back into the spotlight is why I was so thrilled when the brilliant director Sam Gold approached me about reviving Picnic."