Tennessee Williams’ VIEUX CARRE
Swine Palace presents VIEUX CARRÉ
What: VIEUX CARRÉ by Tennessee Williams
When: April 13 – 24, 2016
Where: Reilly Theatre, LSU campus
Swine Palace continues the exploration of identity with one of Williams’ lesser-known plays, but certainly one of his most poignant. As with all of Williams’ writing, people that call Louisiana home will find many of these characters and their stories familiar.
The place is a rooming house in the French Quarter of New Orleans, the time the late Thirties. As narrated by The Writer, a young man recently arrived from St. Louis, the action is concerned with interlocking lives of the various residents. Filled with evocative memories, and sharply etched portraits of its singular characters, it is a play of echoes and remembrances, a series of engrossing scenes, sometimes brutally candid sometimes delicately poetic, which are woven together into a rich and revealing tapestry.
By Tennessee Williams
Directed by George Judy
April 13 – 24, 2016
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About Tennessee Williams:
He was awarded four Drama Critic Circle Awards, two Pulitzer Prizes and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He was derided by critics and blacklisted by Roman Catholic Cardinal Spellman, who condemned one of his scripts as “revolting, deplorable, morally repellent, offensive to Christian standards of decency.” He was Tennessee Williams, one of the greatest playwrights in American history.
Born Thomas Lanier Williams in Columbus, Mississippi in 1911, Tennessee was the son of a shoe company executive and a Southern belle. Williams described his childhood in Mississippi as happy and carefree. This sense of belonging and comfort were lost, however, when his family moved to the urban environment of St. Louis, Missouri. It was there he began to look inward, and to write. Williams’ early adult years were occupied with attending college at three different universities, a brief stint working at his father’s shoe company, and a move to New Orleans, which began a lifelong love of the city and set the locale for A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE.
Williams’ is first critical acclaim came in 1944 when THE GLASS MENAGERIE opened in Chicago and went to Broadway. It won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award and, as a film, the New York Film Critics’ Circle Award. At the height of his career in the late 1940s and 1950s, Williams worked with the premier artists of the time, most notably Elia Kazan, the director for stage and screen productions of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, and the stage productions of CAMINO REAL, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, and SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH. Kazan also directed Williams’ film BABY DOLL. Like many of his works, BABY DOLL was simultaneously praised and denounced for addressing raw subject matter in a straightforward realistic way.
About Swine Palace:
Founded in 1992, Swine Palace operates with a dual mission to provide South Louisiana with high-quality, professional productions of classical and contemporary theatre with an emphasis on plays exploring issues of social equity while also serving as a training ground for students in Louisiana State University’s M.F.A. Professional Actor and Technical/Design Training Programs. For twenty-one seasons, Swine Palace has produced more than 70 productions, including many regional and world premieres, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Under the leadership of Swine Palace Managing Director Kristin Sosnowsky and Swine Palace Artistic Director George Judy, Swine Palace mounts three to four productions each season, and employs five to twelve guest actors, directors, and designers from across the country. Recent guest artists have included Ping Chong, Deb Alley, Adam Rapp, Steve Young, Mia Katigbak, Clayton Corzatte, Adolphus Ward, and Lance Nichols.