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White Horse Theater Company
Suddenly Last Summer by Tennessee Williams
Friday, September 16, 2011 through Sunday, October 02, 2011

'A moral fable of our times' -Tennessee Williams, 1958

Length: 01 hr 30 mins
Intermission: None
Seating: General Admission
You choose your seats when you get to the theater.

"Full of the rich language and florid imagery, Suddenly Last Summer brings intrigue, loss, and need into a humid New Orleans garden for
a dangerous afternoon tete-a-tete. White Horse Theatre Company enriches this sultry classic with lavish design and emotional performances.
This is a production of the play worth seeing"--THEATRE IS EASY

"Director Cyndy A. Marion and her stellar cast succeed in moving their audience…Elizabeth Bove is fantastic as Mrs. Venable…Catharine, superbly played by Lacy J. Dunn. Dunn’s Catharine is both vulnerable, voluptuous, capable of childish spite …This is one production of Suddenly Last Summer that’s worth seeing. "– Arlene McKanic, New York Cool

"Poetic, consuming and unconventional."--SHOW BUSINESS WEEKLY

"Suddenly Last Summer promises to unnerve and entertain."--NEW YORK THEATRE REVIEW

"It is clever moments, as well as the strong performances of Elizabeth Bove and Lacy J. Dunn that make White Horse Theater’s production of Suddenly Last Summer worth seeing. As many people have said, Tennessee Williams today is still relevant and exciting, and this production is proof of that. Come and see for yourself if truth can find its way out of the jungle."-SIMPLY THE BESS

“Far ahead of its time when it was written in 1958, Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer remains a dark classic, a thoroughly engaging equation of sex with consumption that unfolds as a murder mystery."
John Peacock, Flavorpill-EDITOR'S PICK!

"A moral fable of our times" -Tennessee Williams, 1958

In commemoration of Tennessee Williams' 100th Birthday, White Horse Theater Company proudly presents Suddenly Last Summer--Williams’ autobiographical masterwork raising bold questions about mental illness, sexuality and desire in its unyielding quest for the truth -no matter how brutal.

Considered one of Williams’ most challenging plays—this grotesque “moral fable”, set in the Garden District of New Orleans, seeks to unearth the truth behind what happened last summer to Mrs. Venable’s son Sebastian. Catharine, Sebastian’s cousin, has painted a scandalous account. In an attempt to silence Catharine forever, Mrs. Venable tries to convince a young doctor that Catharine is disturbed and in need of a lobotomy. The doctor must decide if Catharine is telling the truth.

Williams wrote Suddenly Last Summer soon after entering psychoanalysis in 1957. Under the care of Dr. Lawrence Kubie, Williams examined unresolved childhood issues, his homosexuality and the recent death of his father. Williams often referred to Suddenly Last Summer as an allegory about “how people devour each other” and he hoped that audiences would recognize its anti-realism. Williams championed what he called “a new plastic theatre which must take the place of the exhausted theater of realistic conventions”. With its bold imagery, symbolism, and rich aural landscape, Suddenly Last Summer is the epitome of the theater Williams envisioned.

The production will be directed by Cyndy A. Marion (WHTC Producing Artistic Director) and stars Elizabeth Bove (Witness for the Prosecution; Florida Rep Carbonell Award Best Actress nomination) as Mrs. Venable, Douglas Taurel (Hard Rain; Cherry Lane) as Doctor Cukrowicz, Lacy J. Dunn as Catharine Holly, Lué McWilliams (Elephant Girls; Theatre 5) as Mrs. Holly, Haas Regen as George Holly, Carol Ann Foley (Bingo with the Indians; Flea Theatre) as Sister Felicity and Heather Lee Rogers as Miss Foxhill.

The production features scenic design by Obie-winner John C. Scheffler, costume design by David B. Thompson and lighting design by Debra Leigh Siegel. Joe Gianono is the composer, Colin Whitely is the sound designer, Michelle Karst is the assistant director, Vanessa R. Bombardieri is the Dramaturg and Elliot Lanes is the stage manager.

The performance on Tuesday, Sept. 27th will be Interpreted for the deaf.
 


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