In a year marking the 100th anniversary of Tennessee Williams’ birth, A Noise Within (ANW), the acclaimed classical repertory theatre company, presents the celebrated playwright’s The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, described as an ode to fragile beauty, directed by Dámaso Rodriguez.
The cast includes Deborah Puette (Alma Winemiller), Jason Dechert (John Buchanan), Jill Hill (Mrs. Winemiller) and Mitchell Edmonds (Rev. Winemiller), both ANW Resident Artists; Christopher Callen (Mrs. Buchanan), Darby Bricker (Rosemary), Dave Kirkpatrick (Roger Doremus), David LM McIntyre (Vernon), Henry Todd Ostendorf (Salesman), Jacque Lynn Colton (Mrs. Bassett), and ensemble members Karla Menjivar, Stefanie Demetriades and Tameé Seidling.
“The play, Williams’ sweeping re-write of his more well-known Summer and Smoke, is the story of Alma Winemiller, who struggles to dim the unique glow of her soul while trapped in the cultural suffocation of a backwater Mississippi hamlet. Blessed (or cursed) with a lyric sense of being, she bears a heavy cross of unrequited, unattainable love, and her exquisite individuality is left vulnerable to the destructive forces of small-town intolerance.”
According to Rodriguez, “Alma Winemiller stands alongside the playwright’s Blanche Dubois, Maggie the Cat and Amanda Wingfield as a masterfully written character of incomparable emotional depth and complexity. Eccentricities is simultaneously comic and tragic, grounded in emotional honesty while retaining Williams’ wholly unique brand of poetic realism.”
In Williams’ author’s note prior to the play’s 1976 decades-delayed Broadway debut, the playwright indicated he preferred Eccentricities to its more famous predecessor, calling it, “less conventional and melodramatic . . . a better work than the play from which it derived.”
The Eccentricities of a Nightingale performs in repertoire with The Comedy of Errors through May 28, 2011. Single Tickets are $46 (Friday and Saturday evenings, Sunday matinees), $42 (Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings, Saturday matinees). Groups (10 or more) are $25, or $30 on Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees; School Groups (10 or more) are $16, or $20 on Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees. Call 818-240-0910 ext. 1 or visit www.ANoiseWithin.org.
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