Kathryn Luce Garfunkel to Lead 2 BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS at St. Luke's Theatre
Executive Producers Roy Nevans and John Lant, in association with Edmund Gaynes, are pleased to present 2 By Tennessee Williams: 27 WAGONS FULL OF COTTON and KINGDOM OF EARTH, a limited engagement directed by Marilyn Fried and starring Kathryn Luce Garfunkel.
The production will preview on Saturday, July 9 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday July 10 at 8:00 p.m. with opening Friday, July 15 at 8:00 p.m. Performances run Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 7:00 p.m. from July 16 through September 4th at St. Luke's Theatre, located at 308 West 46th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues). Tickets are $39.50-$59.50. Premium seats are $99.00. Tickets can be purchased through Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200.
In 27 WAGONS FULL OF COTTON, after Jake, a shady, middle-aged cotton gin owner, burns down rival Silva Vicarro's mill, Vicarro attempts to enact vengeance by seducing Flora, Jake's delicate young wife.
In KINGDOM OF EARTH, a flood is surging in the Mississippi Delta, and Chicken's property is only safe until ole man Sikes down the road dynamites his levee to save himself. While Chicken waits alone in his kitchen for the inevitable blast, he receives an unexpected visit from his dying half-brother, Lot, and Lot's wife of but one day, Myrtle. Leaving Lot upstairs to rest, Chicken assesses Myrtle as a potential threat to his inheritance of the estate, currently under Lot's name. Chicken and Myrtle find common ground but not even footing in their similar experiences of the inescapable hardness of the world - two "lost, sinful, puzzled" souls falling into a familiar power dynamic and bracing themselves as the waters rise.
Featured in the cast are Anthony Alessandro, Jim Biberi and Mike Keller.
The creative team includes Liz Stearns (Associate Director), SKS Theatrical (Marketing and Promotions), Tim Secrest and John B. Forbes (Lighting Design), Hunter Dowell (Costume Design), Jessica and Jennifer Davison (Sound Design), and Meagan Parker (Set Design).
Tennessee Williams was an American playwright and author of many stage classics. Along with Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller he is considered among the three foremost playwrights in 20th-century American drama. After years of obscurity, he became suddenly famous with The Glass Menagerie (1944), closely reflecting his own unhappy family background. This heralded a string of successes, including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955), and Sweet Bird of Youth (1959). His drama Streetcar Named Desire (1947) is often numbered on the short list of the finest American plays of the 20th century alongside Long Day's Journey into Night and Death of a Salesman. Much of Williams' most acclaimed work was adapted for film. He also wrote short stories, poetry, essays and a volume of memoirs. In 1979, four years before his death, Williams was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.
St. Luke's Theatre is home to many long-running hits, dating back to Late Night Catechism and Tony n' Tina's Wedding, both of which ran here for five years, up to the current Black Angels Over Tuskegee, now in its seventh year, Sistas: The Musical and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, both of which have been running for over four years. Other notable productions include, Ruthless! The Musical (one year and counting), Danny and Sylvia: The Danny Kaye Musical (3 year run), Dietrich and Chevalier: A Musical Love Story, The Rise of Dorothy Hale, ABrush With Georgia O'Keeffe, Lansky, 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother and Disaster!, prior to its transfer to Broadway. St. Luke's Theatre and Actors Temple Theatre are both operated by Edmund Gaynes. For more information, visit www.stlukestheatre.com.