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American Century Part 2: American Blues

First Preview: Oct 27, 2023

Opening Date: Nov 02, 2023

Closing Date: Nov 26, 2023

Running Time: 02:00

American Century Part 2: American Blues
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Playing @

The Space at Irondale

85 South Oxford Street Brooklyn, NY 11217

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The second part of Irondale's American Century journey will be an immersive theatrical experience that weaves together the five one-act plays written by Tennessee Williams between 1940 and 1948, compiled and published as American Blues in 1948: Moony's Kid Don't Cry, The Dark Room, The Case of the Crushed Petunias, The Long Stay Cut Short, or, The Unsatisfactory Supper and Ten Blocks on the Camino Real.

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.

Performance Schedule:

THURSDAY-SUNDAY @ 7:30 PM

No performance November 23

Music

Sam Day Harmet & the Irondale Ensemble

Director

Jim Niesen

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Not currently available for this show

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Full-price tickets

Free

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Directions Subway

The C train to Lafayette Avenue (exit at South Oxford Street) or take B, D, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, or 5 train to Atlantic Avenue/Pacific Street or take the G train to Fulton Street

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The C train to Lafayette Avenue (exit at South Oxford Street) or take B, D, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, or 5 train to Atlantic Avenue/Pacific Street or take the G train to Fulton Street

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