Image by Work Art Life Studios and Black Photography
by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Stephen Nicolazzo
5 October – 4 November (Previews 5 – 9 October)
Q&A Session following performance on Thursday 18 October
Duration: 90 minutes without an interval
Please note: This performance contains haze and the use of herbal cigarettes
Featuring Kate Cole, Caroline Lee, Harvey Zielinski, Zoe Boesen, Chanella Macri, Charles Purcell, and Jennifer Vuletic
Set & Costume Design Eugyeene Teh
Sound Design & Composition Dan Nixon
Lighting Design Katie Sfetkidis
Assistant Designer James Lew
Stage Manager Liberty Gilbert
Assistant Stage Manager Hayden Collins
“Most people’s lives—what are they but trails of debris, each day more debris, more debris, long, long trails of debris with nothing to clean it all up but, finally, death.”
Savagely poetic and provocative, Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer is a nightmarish contemporary masterpiece.
This is Sebastian’s garden, a place where the line between truth and lies, sanity and insanity are blurred. Welcome to the eerie Garden District, filled with Venus fly traps, subversive secrets, and broken hearts.
The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable, Sebastian, has died while on vacation with his rebellious cousin Catharine. What the girl saw that day last summer was so horrible that she is presumed mad and locked away in an asylum to keep her mouth shut.
As time goes on, Catharine’s ravings about Sebastian’s sexuality and fate become so transgressive that his dear mother Violet decides that locking her away isn’t enough. She calls in an aspirational young Doctor to have the girl lobotomised and cut out her hideous story for good.
A thrilling examination of legacy, sanity, and sexuality, this Southern gothic melodrama will cut straight through the heart with its visceral imagery and erotically charged symbolism
From the director of Red Stitch’s multiple award nominated The Moors, Stephen Nicolazzo, and featuring the astounding Jennifer Vuletic and Kate Cole, this production marks the company’s first foray into the iconic and beloved playwright, Tennessee Williams’ beautiful and theatrical mind.