This week the theatre is brimming with gothic magic from the ‘deep south’ as Tennessee Williams’ SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER plays to sold-out preview houses and transports audiences into a vivid landscape.
Here’s what director, Stephen Nicolazzo has to say about the prolific playwright and SUDDENLY:
“The thing I love about Tennessee Williams was that he was unashamedly making plays about the homosexual experience during the Hays code era (Hollywood’s ‘code of morals’ governing what could be shown in performance which was in effect from 1930 to 1968). Even though he suffered from self-hate occasionally he still felt compelled to explore that. It’s the same reason I like Oscar Wilde, there’s a sort of renegade attitude there…
The opening stage direction [in SUDDENLY] is that the design should be as unrealistic as a ballet set. So he’s immediately giving you permission to go into a dream world. And that’s my spin on lots of things, my lens is not about reproducing what I see every day. I want to create something transporting. I’m taking you to ‘The South’ but I’m also taking you into this chaotic, homosexual jungle.
I love the classic Tennessee Williams plays but it’s maybe the forgotten stories that interest me. His last play, for example, released in 1980 SOMETHING CLOUDY, SOMETHING CLEAR was another dream play about a lover who got away. And the whole thing is written as a kind of piece of music. SUDDENLY kind of marks a turning point for him as a writer – and it was kind of divisive. He makes a clear departure from the classicism he was working in at the time.”
To read our full interview with Stephen, click here.
Look forward to seeing you at the theatre,
by Tennessee Williams
Director Stephen Nicolazzo
Set & Costume Design Eugyeene Teh
Sound design & Composition Dan Nixon
Lighting Design Katie Sfetkidis
Assistant Design James Lew
Wardrobe Olga Makeeva
Stage Manager Liberty Gilbert
Assistant Stage Manager Hayden Collin
Just a little reminder to save the date on November 27th
for our 2019 season launch!
More details to come very soon…