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2 by Tennessee Williams: Two of Tennessee Williams' finest one-act plays, performed in a single evening.

Tennessee Williams

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Presented at the St. Luke's Theatre, NY, NY

 

 

Kim Garfunkel

 

Tennessee Williams: Evening of Two Plays

27 Wagons Full of Cotton & Kingdom of Earth

 

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Executive Producers Roy Nevans and John Lant present 27 WAGONS FULL OF COTTON and KINGDOM OF EARTH, a celebrated limited engagement starring Kathryn Luce Garfunkel, in Association with Edmund Gaynes.

Opened Friday, July 15th,

    

Now, extended again, through Sunday, November 6th!

In 27 WAGONS FULL OF COTTON, after Jake, a shady, middle-aged cotton gin owner, burns down rival Silva Vicarro's mill, Vicarro attempts to enact vengeance by seducing Flora, Jake’s choice, delectable wife. 27 Wagons Full of Cotton was later developed into a full length movie: "Baby Doll." As was typical of the times "Baby Doll" represented a more sanitized version of Flora. 27 Wagons of Full of Cotton was one of Tennessee Williams' most important one-act plays. Flora, the woman child, is very much a predecessor to Williams' Blanche, and the relationship between Flora and Jake foreshadows the brutal relationship between Stanley Kowalski and Stella that Williams would later author. Glass Menagerie's Laura also has many similarities to Flora. It has been rarely staged since its original stage debut, despite the fact it is one of Williams' most beloved one act plays.

In KINGDOM OF EARTH, a flood is surging in the Mississippi Delta, and Chicken's property is only safe until old man Sikes down the road dynamites his levee to save himself. While Chicken waits alone in his kitchen for the inevitable blast, he receives an unexpected visit from his dying half-brother, Lot, and Lot's wife of but one day, Myrtle. Leaving Lot upstairs to rest, Chicken assesses Myrtle as a potential threat to his inheritance of the estate, currently under Lot's name. Chicken and Myrtle find common ground but not even footing in their similar experiences of the inescapable hardness of the world – two "lost, sinful, puzzled" souls falling into a familiar power dynamic and bracing themselves as the waters rise. Kingdom of Earth began as a short-story and was later adapted to a one-act play. It was later adapted into a full, seven act play, and performed on Broadway. In 1970, it was adapted into a movie by Gore Vidal, called Last of the Mobile Hot Shots. It is one of Williams' darkest one-acts, very much reflecting his own complicated relationship with his mother and siblings.

Tennessee Williams’s work changed the landscape of American theater. This evening of his short plays will perform in the heart of the NY Theatre District, opening for the summer season.

Tennessee Williams

Written by Tennessee Williams, Produced by Roy Nevans and John Lant in association with Edmund Gaynes. Directed by Marilyn Fried, Associate Director Liz Stearns, Associate Producer: Christine De Lisle, Marketing & Promotions: SKS Theatrical. Starring:  Kathryn Luce Garfunkel, and featuring Alexis Cruz, Judy Jerome, and Mike Keller

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Cast of 27 Wagons Full of Cotton