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Shaking the Tree Theatre to Present SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER


Shaking the Tree Theatre opens our first show at our new warehouse space at 823 SE Grant St.

Suddenly Last Summer by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Samantha Van Der Merwe, runs from April 3rd - May 2nd 2015 (Thursday - Saturday evenings at 7:30, and Sundays at 5pm). The show is recommended for ages 14 & up. Tickets are $25/ $20 Seniors & Students /$5 ages 19 and under You can book tickets online at or by calling the box office at 503 235-0635. Press tickets complimentary with reservation.

The play takes place in a tropical New Orleans garden. This steamy hothouse was the property of a dead poet, Sebastian, whose life was a work of art. That at least is the view of his mother, who is so anxious to preserve his idealized memory that she is prepared to go to any lengths to have his cousin, Catherine, stop babbling. But Catherine has her own story to tell about accompanying Sebastian on a Spanish island vacation that ended in violent tragedy. In this 90 minute play, Williams, at his most poetic, cracks open a can of worms that explores unspeakable taboos (as seen through the lens of America 's repressive political atmosphere of the 1940s and 1950s), the consuming nature of desire (both human and cosmic), and the destruction and reconstruction of identity.

Suddenly Last Summer Cast:
Jacklyn Maddux as Violet Venable*+
Matthew Kerrigan as Dr. Cukrowicz+
Beth Thompson as Catherine Holly+
Luisa Sermol as Mrs. Holly*
Steve Vanderzee as George Dana Millican as Sister Felicity
Rebecca Ridenour as Miss Foxhill

*Member of Actors Equity Association
+Member of Shaking The Tree Performance Group

Shaking the Tree seeks to meld the boundaries of theatre and visual art by presenting audiences with thrilling and immersive theatrical experiences. Founded in 2003, Shaking the Tree uses innovative ways to inhabit space, creating a heightened surrounding that allows audiences to experience a deeper, more active connection to the work.

Shaking the Tree Studio is a laboratory for tomorrow's theatre makers. By using the same principles we hold dear for play-making, we seek to provide students with rich and varied literature, allow them to explore it through immersion, and witness them experience a deeper connection of thought, feeling, and action, as a result.

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