2 By Tennessee Williams: 27 WAGONS FULL OF COTTON starring Kathryn Luce Garfunkel and KINGDOM OF EAR
Two acclaimed one-act plays by iconic American playwright Tennessee Williams including one starring KATHRYN LUCE GARFUNKEL are enjoying an extended run this fall, with performances now scheduled through November 6th at New York City's St. Luke's Theatre.
"2 By Tennessee Williams" includes two one-act plays from the iconic writer: "27 Wagons Full of Cotton" and "Kingdom of Earth." Kathryn Garfunkel shines as the seductive "Flora" in Williams' "27 Wagons Full of Cotton," a rarely staged--but one of his most beloved--one-act plays. Garfunkel brings a wealth of experience to the show, having over a dozen theater credits and a few feature films and several TV appearances. She is also an accomplished ballet dancer, and her soprano vocal accomplishments are numerous.
"It's an honor to be a part of a Tennessee Williams production," says the effervescent Garfunkel. "I feel like I am Flora when I'm out there. It's a very seductive role, and like in all of Williams' work, it's very character-driven. It's challenging, and everyone in the cast and crew gives it their all every night, which makes it that much more rewarding."
"2 By Tennessee Williams" is produced by Roy Nevans and John Lant in association with Edmund Gaynes. It is directed by Marilyn Fried. In a recent review, the Huffington Post said, "...thanks to the dedication of the actors and director of 2 By Tennessee Williams, the audience has no difficulty being transported back to the author's hot and humid plantation of troubled, complicated characters and those timeless, raw human emotions...We hope that the company will venture further into Tennessee William's unique world in the future.
St. Luke's Theatre is located at 308 West 46th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues). Tickets are $39.50-$59.50. Premium seats are $99.00. Tickets can be purchased through Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information, visit www.twobytennessee.com 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. FeaturingKathryn Luce Garfunkel, Mike Keller and Alexis Cruz. 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. Featuring Judy Jerome, Mike Keller and Alexis Cruz. The creative team includes Liz Stearns (Associate Director), Christine De Lisle (Associate Producer), SKS Theatrical (Marketing and Promotions), Tim Secrest and John B. Forbes (Lighting Design), Hunter Dowell (Costume Design), Jessica and Jennifer Davison (Sound Design), and Meagan Parker (Set Design). St. Luke's Theatre is home to many long-running hits, dating back to Late Night Catechism andTony n' Tina's Wedding, both of which ran here for five years, up to the current Black Angels Over Tuskegee, now in its seventh year, and Disaster!, prior to its transfer to Broadway. St. Luke's Theatre and Actors Temple Theatre are both operated by Edmund Gaynes.www.stlukestheatre.com