THE TWO-CHARACTER PLAY Adds Wednesday Matinees to Schedule
Reality and fantasy are interwoven with terrifying power as two actors on tour-brother and sister-find themselves deserted by their troupe. Faced by an audience expecting a performance, they enact The Two-Character Play. As they dip in and out of performance they find it difficult to differentiate themselves from their roles and reality from illusion. Haunting, provocative, and often funny, The Two-Character Play is one of Tennessee Williams' most personal - and mystifying - works.
The creative team for The Two-Character Play is comprised of Alice Walkling (scenic design & London costume design), Lara DeBruijn (NY costume design) and Phil Hewitt (lighting & sound design). Zoya Kachadurian is Production Stage Manager and Lindsey Alexander is Assistant Stage Manager.
The revised performance schedule (Wednesday matinees added) for The Two-Character Play is as follows: Monday at 8pm; Wednesday at 2 & 8pm, Thursday & Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2:30 & 8pm; Sunday at 3pm.
Tickets are $72.50 - $126.50 and are available for purchase via Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200, as well as in person at the New World Stages box office (340 West 50th Street). Box office hours are Monday 12pm-8pm, Tuesday 1pm-7pm, Wednesday 10am-8pm, Thursday & Friday 1pm-8pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-8pm.
The Two-Character Play is being produced by Robert Driemeyer, Morgan Sills, Jim A. Landé, and Al Parinello, in association with Robert Barry Fleming, Ted Seifman/Jamie deRoy, and Jan Warner, with General Management by Brierpatch Productions (Laura Janik Cronin & Scott Newsome), Casting by wojcik/seay casting (Scott Wojcik & Gayle Seay) and Marketing by Ron Johnson, Jr.
The Two-Character Play debuted in 1967 in London, and was produced on Broadway in 1973 by David Merrick, under the title Out Cry, starring Michael York. Considered too experimental for its time, Williams continued working on the play and published his final version in The Theatre of Tennessee Williams Volume 5. After years of withholding rights, Williams' estate granted permission for Gene David Kirk to present the play at London's Jermyn Street Theatre where he served as Artistic Director. Mr. Kirk was introduced to the play by his mentor Corin Redgrave, whose sister Vanessa had long desired it as a personal vehicle. Mr. Kirk found the play "absolutely delicious," calling it "a brilliant device exposing the entrapment of humanity itself."
Opening in October 2010, the play earned the critical success that had eluded it years earlier, and found its enthusiastic and appreciative audience in the 21st century. The production was heralded as "revelatory," and the play was lauded as a "lost classic."
Mr. Kirk dedicates this production of The Two-Character Play to the memory of Mr. Redgrave.