Mississippi Mud Productions Presents and This American Blonde Actress Announce Cast of Tennessee Williams' VIEUX CARRE
Mississippi Mud Productions and This American Blonde Actress™ announce full cast and talkbacks with director Jen Danby and cast of Tennessee Williams' Vieux Carre in Hell's Kitchen. Tickets on sale online at http://mudvieuxcarre.brownpapertickets.com - $18 General Admission, $15 Student/Senior.
The cast includes Charles Black* (Simon in SEAGULL69 with Mississippi Mud, directed by Austin Pendleton, BURY THE DEAD, Directed by Geoffrey Owens at HB Playwrights Foundation) as The Writer, Jen Danby* (Sharon Tate in SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN, Marilyn Monroe in THE BLONDE BOMBSHELL PROJECT, Nina in SEAGULL69, all with the Mississippi Mud, dir. Austin Pendleton) as Jane, Annette Hunt* (IVANOV with Ethan Hawke at CSC, Paulina in SEAGULL69, both directed by Austin Pendleton) as Mrs. Wire, Kyle Wood as Tye, Daniel O'Shea (BOARDWALK EMPIRE, INSIDE AMY SCHUMER, THE FAMILIA) as Nightingale, and with Andre Herzegovitch, Debra Khan-Bey, Joy Martin*, Byron O'Hanlon, Margaret Ritchie*, Andrew Weisell (NEUTRAL HERO, directed by Richard Maxwell).
*Member of Actors Equity Association.
Director is by Jen Danby. The production manager is Lisa Raymond, and the stage manager is Benjamin Vigil.
Performances will be held at "Tom's" Environmental Space at the Alexander Technique Center for Performance and Development (330 West 38th St Suite 805, New York, NY).
Shows on Fridays June 6, 13, 20 & 27 will be held at 8pm. Show on Saturdays June 7, 14, 21 & 28 will also be held at 8pm. Shows on Sunday June 8, 15, 22 will be at 7:30pm, as will shows on Monday June 9, 16, and 23.
Talkback dates are June 9, 16 & 23.
Vieux Carre, first produced in 1977, tracks Tennessee WIlliams' earliest days in a New Orleans boarding house, with the feeling of film, candid, raw, a memory play. NY Daily News said, "VIEUX CARRE ranks with his finest, and surely his most candid works...a late new flowering of the author's genius."
The place is a rooming house in the French Quarter of New Orleans, the time the late Thirties. As narrated by The Writer, a young man recently arrived from St. Louis, the action is concerned with interlocking lives of the various residents: a tubercular, homosexual painter; a doomed girl, Jane, and her lover, Tye; two aging "ladies" living in near poverty; and the eccentric irrepressible landlady, Mrs. Wire, who veers from cruelty to sentiment in her treatment of her charges. Filled with evocative memories, and sharply etched portraits of its singular characters, the play centers first on The Writer, and his seduction by The Painter; and then probes into the fateful love of the Jane for her stud, Tye-she dying of leukemia, and he torn between his debt to her and his urge to escape the consequences of her condition. It is a play of echoes and remembrances, a series of engrossing scenes, sometimes brutally candid sometimes delicately poetic, which are woven together into a rich and revealing tapestry, glinting with theatricality and throbbing with the feel of life.
JEN DANBY (Director) Playing Jane Sparks in this VIEUX CARRE production with Mississippi Mud. Currently directing MOONY'S KID DON'T CRY and playing Blanche Shannon, a prototype of Blanche DuBois, in INTERIOR: PANIC, and Mrs. Hardwicke-Moore in THE LADY OF LARKSPUR LOTION in SHOTGUN COTTAGE PLAYS: THREE TALES BY TENNESSEE with the Mississippi Mud in Lido Beach. Recently played Blanche DuBois in a staged reading of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE with Geoffrey Owens as Stanley Kowalski and Colleen Leone as Stella Kowalski, directed by Peter Zinn, produced by Mississippi Mud as a fundraising event for the Martin Luther King Center in Long Beach NY, and Sarah Tosh in the world premiere reading of BULLET by Andy McCutcheon and directed by Geoffrey Owens at The Players Club New York City, Founded by Edwin Booth, where Miss Danby is a member. With Mud: Sharon Tate in SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN, a new solo piece written and performed by Miss Danby in NYC this past March, directed by Austin Pendleton, being revived again this coming August; Nina in SEAGULL69; Maggie in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF; Jane in VIEUX CARRÉ with Mud Actors Lab; Marilyn Monroe in her original solo piece THE BLONDE BOMBSHELL PROJECT; Catharine in SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER; Vivien in the solo piece VIVIEN LEIGH: THE LAST PRESS CONFERENCE; Helena in LUST; all under Austin Pendleton's direction; Blanche Dubois, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at Mud Actors Lab (dir. Mr. Pendleton) and The Cherry Pit (co-directors Brian Lady and Mr. Pendleton); Vivien in ORSON'S SHADOW (dir. Lauren Reinhard). Select stage: HEDDA GABLER; VALPARAISO; THE RIMERS OF ELDRITCH (dir. Amy Wright, HB Studio), THE CHILD'S BEST INTEREST, dir. Amy Wright, HB Playwrights Foundation, HOMING, with Mary Beth Hurt, directed by Jack Hofsiss, HB Playwrights Foundation. Film/TV/New Media: The Wooster Group "Dailies" as Paula in PAULA and BAD PICTURES opposite Jim Fletcher (GATZ); TRUE HOLLYWOOD SITTER; RUN #3; ALL MY CHILDREN. Founder & Artistic Director of Mississippi Mud and head of its educational wing and Actor Lab, and of This American Blonde Actress™, as actress, teacher, coach, director, producer. Director: MOONY'S KID DON'T CRY; NADINE; SPRINGTIME; LUST (LUST co-director Brian Lady) in the cycle WHAT OF THE NIGHT? by Maria Irene Fornes, with HB Ensemble; BALTIMORE WALTZ and TAN TAN at CW Post; co-directing CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF with Peter Zinn and Austin Pendleton for an upcoming revival with Mud and a performance in Long Beach NY for Project Hope after Hurricane Sandy at the Long Beach Public Library in November. BA Drama/Acting UT Austin, MA Acting LIU, Ph.D Acting Studies CUNY Graduate Center and co-founder of its Active Theatre Group. Ken Park Talent 212.566.8672 -firstname.lastname@example.org. AEA, SAG-AFTRA. jendanby.com
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS (Playwright) won two Pulitzer Prizes, for A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1947) and CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1955). His other major plays include SUMMER AND SMOKE (1948), THE ROSE TATTOO (1951), CAMINO REAL (1953), SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH (1959), and THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA (1961). In addition to his two Pulitzers, Williams was nominated four times for the Tony Award for Best Play, wining once, for THE ROSE TATTOO. (His last Best Play Tony Award nomination came 16 years after his death, for NOT ABOUT NIGHTINGALES.)
Mississippi Mud Productions is is a made in the USA theatre company working with artists from around the world. Mississippi Mud Productions is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit 501(c)(3) http://www.mississippimudproductions.com