La MaMa & Pace Dept. of Performing Arts Celebrate Tennessee WilliamsÂ' 100th Birthday
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Tennessee Williams wrote over 70 one-act plays during his lifetime, but they were seldom produced.
To mark the centennial of Tennessee Williams' birth, three of his one-act plays will be brought to life by Pace University's Department of Performing Arts (students, alumni and faculty) in the production 3 from Tennessee, at the award-winning avant garde theater landmark La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, March 4 - 6, 2011.
The one-acts and their directors are:
And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens - Directed by Dr. Ruis Woertendyke
The Remarkable Rooming House of Mme Le Monde - Directed by Cosmin Chivu
The Pink Bedroom - Directed by Grant Kretchik
Set Designer: Justin West (mentored by Gian Marco LoForte).
March 4 and 5 at 10pm and March 6 at 5:30pm at La Mama's The Club
Address: 74A East 4th Street (between 2nd Avenue and the Bowery), 2nd Floor, NY, NY 10003
By Subway: F/V to 2nd Avenue, #6 to Astor Place, N/R to 8th Street
Tickets $15; student and seniors $10
For tickets and information, contact Box Office (212) 475-7710 or www.lamama.org
Synopsis and Cast Information:
And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens is the first known Tennessee Williams play set in the gay world. It is the story of a New Orleans transvestite trying to make a life for herself with a brutish and exploitative sailor while suffering from "the specter of loneliness." It is a funny and touching play written in 1957 and first produced in 2004.
Candy Delaney - Nate Gray
Karl - Kaseem Bristow
Lvin Krenning - Bradley Leboef
Jerry Johnson- Ryan Makely
Musical Accompanist- Lilah Shreeve
In The Remarkable Rooming House of Madame Le Monde, a mysteriously paralyzed man named Mint moves around his attic by swinging from hooks as he prepares for the arrival of his old friend. Teatime turns into torment and takes a bizarre route of disorientation and distortion. Written late in his life, this savage comedy is set in a seedy attic in London and highlights author's experiments with anti-mimetic dramaturgy, dramatic allegories, and comic horror.
Mint - John-Michael Lyles
Hall - Evan Pearson
Madame Le Monde- Samantha Steinmetz
Boy - Seth Loeb
The Pink Bedroom elicits a moment between lovers wrestling with their intimate decisions. A man and his mistress meet in the setting where they've conducted their 10-year affair and each blame the other for the disintegration of their relationship. The beauty of monogamy lies in the choice - it is a mutually agreed upon commitment of fidelity that rivals animal instinct to follow our desires freely. The Pink Bedroom is an unraveling of choices made when fidelity fails to accommodate all it promised and infidelity prevails.
Woman- Joslyn Defreece
Man- Jonathon Gabrielson
Ensemble- Alexandra O'Halloran, Amanda Ebert, Polina Ionina, Giacomo Rocchina, *Ashtain Rothchild, *Britton Smith
Ruis Woertendyke has been involved in the theatre for nearly fifty years as a director, playwright, and actor. He has directed more than one hundred shows including an early production in New York of Peter Handke's Offending the Audience, the premier of Gunter Grass's The Plebeians Rehearse the Uprising, and Mister, Mister also by Gunter Grass. He has directed Chekhov, Ibsen, Shakespeare, Euripides, as well as many original plays. As an actor he played Arturo Ui in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Hartman Theatre, Aaron Burr in Alma, The Ghost of Spring Street at LaMama, and Chehov's On The Harmfulness of Tobacco in various venues throughout the tri-state area. His one-act plays have been seen in festivals throughout the country. He authored the highly successful acting program at Pace University and currently is the Chair of the Performing Arts Department. He proudly refers to himself as one of Ellen Stewart's babies.