These plays were completed shortly before Williams began working on his greatest play A Streetcar Named Desire, and each of them delves into distinct narratives, offering audiences a multifaceted exploration of the American experience. Together they will drive us through the visceral instability of an America grappling with the uncertainty and confusion of the post-World War II world, the rise of the Soviet Union as a nuclear power, McCarthyism and Jim Crow and the Civil Rights movement.
Moony's Kid Don't Cry immerses us in blue-collar industrial America, where two characters grapple with the harsh realities of their world, reflecting themes of isolation and disillusionment. The Dark Room delves into the complexities of human relationships, unveiling the secrets and desires of its characters in a constrained space, touching on themes of longing and emotional confinement with humor and pathos. The Case of the Crushed Petunias whimsically explores the ordinary and extraordinary, inviting audiences to question the mundanity of life and the desire for something more, meanwhile, The Long Stay Cut Short, or, The Unsatisfactory Supper provides a glimpse into the lives of a Mississippi working class family, highlighting the discontent and unease dangerously lurking beneath the surface of their seemingly ordinary interactions. Lastly, Ten Blocks on the Camino Real transports audiences to a surreal and dreamlike world, filled with characters plucked out of historical time, pushing the boundaries of reality, and offering a poetic exploration of identity, displacement and the search for meaning.
THURSDAY-SUNDAY @ 7:30 PM
No performance November 23
Sam Day Harmet & the Irondale Ensemble