FIVE RARELY-SEEN ONE-ACTS BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS REVIVED AT THE HAROLD CLURMAN THEATER ON THEATER ROW.

The State of Tennessee: Selected One-Acts by Tennessee Williams combines five rarely-seen one-acts, authored by one of the most renowned dramatic playwrights of the American theatre. Two of the selected pieces, Moony's Kid Don't Cry and The Case of the Crushed Petunias, won Mr. Williams his first monetary compensation in exchange for writing--$100 from the Group Theatre in 1939. The ensemble evening also includes Talk to Me Like the Rain, The Lady of Larkspur Lotion, and Hello From Bertha.

The show opens on Thursday, November 11th at the Harold Clurman Theater, located at 412 W. 42nd Street, and runs for eleven performances through Sunday, November 21st (Reservations: 212-802-8041). All shows are at 8:00 PM with two performances on Saturday, November 13th only, at 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Tickets are $12.

 

Directed by Doug Gilliland, the evening strings together the different states of Mr. Williams' characters. His poetic language delicately unveils human nature in its extremes. Through the course of the evening, Mr. Williams' work explores comedy, tragedy, fantasy, imprisonment, and liberation, and gives the audience a chance to share a part of the authoris vision of life.

Several of the selected short pieces were written early in Mr. Williams' career and could be considered the seedlings for his longer and more recognized plays. Moony's Kid Don't Cry tells of a man who is fighting his way through life, dreaming about some place better than where he is, and we see the beginnings of a character who would later become Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire. The Case of the Crushed Petunias is the dawn of something which later becomes recognizable in its similar substance as Summer and Smoke, but written with all the innocence and lightness that comes from the optimism of youth.

 

All of the one-acts performing at the Harold Clurman Theatre carry that undeniable essence of Mr. Williams' passion and spirit which would become his trademark and change American theatre forever. There is no mistaking the fact that even as a young writer, it was with maturity and precocious wisdom Tennessee Williams bestowed his talents upon the theatrical community.

Delta Dawn Productions is a newly formed not-for-profit theatre group co-founded by Carolyn Messina, Perrin Morse, and Sigalit Sollitto. Producing both recognized and original work, Delta Dawn Productions is dedicated to truthfully communicating the playwrightis vision through honest handling of the material.

ADIN ALAI* (Young Man) is a recent graduate from the William Esper Studio where he studied directly under Bill Esper. He is currently enrolled in the voice and speech program under Robert Neff Williams of the Julliard School. His notable theater credits include: Stan in the Spring 1999 national tour of Halfway There (Periwinkle National Theater Company), Don in the 42nd St. Workshop's production of The Collective Works of David Ives: Universal Language, and the understudy of Hymie, Jerome, and Hubble in the American premiere of Murray Shisgal's Angel Wings (Neighborhood Playhouse). His film credits include: the Bodybuilder in John Water’s Pecker and Buddy in Fall/Winter 1999 release of Brooklyn Sonnet. Television appearances include a recurring role on ABC’s All MY Children and in comedic sketches on The Late Show with Conan O’Brien. ANGELO FIERRO (Moony) wants to thank first and foremost, Siggy, Perrin and Carolyn for having the heart, persistence and creativity to make this show a reality- and thank you Bubby for a lot of love and support. Angelo’s favorite past roles include Nick in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Johnny in Lovers and Other Strangers, and Mario Bartolini in Non Ti Pago. Angelo is a William Esper Graduate and he is also one of Robert Neff William’s faithful, lucky students. Angelo also wants to thank his family and friends for putting up with him. SUSANNA RAUTILA (Goldie) is a native from Finland. In New York City she has appeared Off-Off Broadway, her last role being her favorite, as Rose in William Mastrosimone's The Woolgatherer. The Woolgatherer was produced by River Productions of which she is a founding member. She is a graduate of the William Esper Studio. She trained at Actor's Movement Studio, with Shane Ann Younts for voice and speech and with Uta Hagen. She has also trained and worked in England. She would like to thank Carolyn and Doug for the pleasure of working on this project and her sister, Katerina, Fabio and Annette for their support and friendship. JENNIFER LEIGH JONES* (Lena, Mrs. Dull) grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and is very excited to work with so many southerners doing the work of our best southern playwright, Tennessee Williams. Jennifer was last seen in the 1999 NYC Fringe Festival reprising her role of Gwen in The Hunger Waltz (for which she won the 1998 Jean Dalrymple NYC Most Promising Newcomer Award). Regional Theatre credits include: Perdita in The Winter's Tale; Maria in Twelfth Night; Belle in A Christmas Carol (North Carolina Shakespeare Festival). Film credit: My Fellow Americans. She received her MFA in Acting from the University of North Carolina at Greeensboro. CAROLYN MESSINA (Bertha, Mrs. Wire) is a native Alabamian and is pleased as punch to be the resident redneck of Delta Dawn Productions, Inc. Carolyn is thrilled to be working again with Doug, her partner in crime for 13 years, and just plain glad to have finally formed the "Alabama Connection" (we're everywhere!). Last seen as Bonnie/Eileen in CTRL+ALT+Delete, other New York credits include Crazy Quilt and Dead Girls, both original works in progress, and as Charlotte in Charlotte's Web National Tour at Town Hall. Regional work includes Alma in Summer and Smoke, Mo in The Kathy and Mo Show, Jolene in 6 Women with Brain Death, and two steamy summers at Georgia Shakespeare Festival. Carolyn was an Irene Ryan Award regional finalist and had toured the Southeast extensively in the award-winning one-woman show Womenfolks by Brad Bailey. Thanks Jude, Joey G, and Dad. PERRIN MORSE (Woman, Dorothy Simple) is pleased to be returning to the Harold Clurman after performing in the Samuel French Playwrights Festival as Debbie in A Date Under His Own Name. No stranger to the neighborhood, she also appeared down the street at the John Houseman Studio Theatre as Laura in You Can't Trust the Male, as part of the Harvest Moon Showcase last fall. Other regional past roles include: Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, Laurie in Brighton Beach Memoirs, and Dinah in A Philadelphia Story. Perrin was recently seen as "Pia" on an October episode of Law & Order. Other film and television work includes All My Children and several Graduate Films from both New York and Los Angeles. Perrin is a recent graduate of the 2-year program at the William Esper Studio where she studied under Bill Esper, and has also trained in summer sessions with members of The Alley Theatre and this past summer, with the Naked Angels here locally. JEFFREY REEVES (Police Officer) was most recently seen on the New York stage performing the work of Don Nigro at the John Houseman Studio Theater. Other New York theater credits include the lead role of Larry Rutkowski in Mark Rosati's Just the Fax. Last month Jeffrey completed filming the role of Richard in the feature True Nature, a psychological thriller written and directed by Scott Gordon in the Colorado Rockies. He also performed the role of Johnson in the feature film The Zen Master, which had it's world premiere at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival in September 1999. Other recent principal film and television roles include the film Best Friends, the television pilot for Stevie's Room, produced by ACE-award-winning Ron Meyer, and daytime TV's Guiding Light. Jeffrey is a graduate of the two-year program at the William Esper Studio studying with Bill Esper. He has also studied at the Actors Movement Studio and with the late Robert "Bobby" Lewis. SIGALIT SOLIITTO (Mrs. Harwicke-Moore, Jane) is a recent graduate of the Williams Esper studio where she had the honor of studying with Bill Esper. She recently co-produced and appeared in Standing On My Knees at the Flatiron Theatre. She also co-produced and appeared in the Harvest Moon showcase at the John Houseman Theatre on "Theatre Row" last summer. Sigalit has appeared in numerous independent films in NY and has also appeared in Woody Allen’s "Deconstructing Harry." She would like to say how fortunate she feels to be working with Perrin and Carolyn; truly inspirational women VICTOR VILLAR-HAUSER (Man) has lived in New York for four years. He completed the two year Meisner Program at the William Esper Studio under Maggie Flannigan. He has appeared in various Off- Off Broadway shows, student films, and an internet sitcom. He is one of the co-founders of "The Leftfield Workshop", a weekly reading series of new plays and screenplays at the Greenwich Street Theatre. KEITH WINSTED (The Writer) has played George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolfe? to Georges in La Cage Aux Folles regionally. In New York, he was seen in the musical workshop, L'Extraordinaire. He has written the book for two musicals, The Perils of Nadine and Reel to Reel, which were produced and won the Annual Musical Competition at the University of Montevallo, Alabama, in 1989 and 1991. He received the John Gassner Playwriting Award in 1990. He is a recent graduate of the Actors Studio MFA from The New School. Cockfight and The Lighthouse are two of his one-acts produced at Circle in the Square last Spring. Keith is a member of the Dramatists Guild.   DOUG GILLILAND (Director) comes to us from LA (Lower Alabama), and is thrilled to be involved with the Delta Dawn ladies! His New York credits include Dead Girls for Ixcheles Arts, and Estranged, an evening of one-acts presented at T. Schreiber Studio where he directed Crazy Quilt. Regional credits include an extensive southern tour of Womenfolks by Brad Bailey, The Gospel According to Esther, a televangelist musical for the Hoover arts council, and Anything Goes for the Shades Valley Arts Committee. Doug would like to thank his mother, without whom none of this would be possible. A special mention to his nuclear family Joe and Carolyn, for inspiration and support. He is also excited about being involved with "The Alabama Connection"- West, Keith, David, Rachel, Jennifer and Johnna. He has dreamed of this unified effort for a long time and now that dream is a reality!   DAVID HARWELL (Set Design) is a member of the United Scenic Artists, Local 829, David received his MFA in scene design from the University of Illinois in 1991. Recent design credits include Street Scene for the Central City Opera, Don Giovanni for the Natchez Opera and The Three Penny Opera for the New England Conservatory of Music. He also designed the set for Two and a Half Jews currently running at the American Jewish Theatre. David Hails from Huntsville, Alabama and is delighted to collaborated with his spirited and talented southern friends.   MICHAEL REESE (Lighting Designer) is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. He is pleased to be involved with Delta Dawn. Michael’s regional design credits include five seasons as Resident Lighting Designer at Birmingham Summerfest; shows including Peter Pan, Damn Yankees!, Oliver, and A Chorus Line. He also spent five seasons at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, designs including Amadeus, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Three Musketeers, Little Shop of Horrors, and many more. He has also designed two National tours of Always…Patsy Cline, and a national tour of Smoke On the Mountain. Other Regional credits include The Who’s Tommy, Amadeus, and Hair with Shiloh Productions in Stuart, Florida.   JOHNNA DOTY Off-Broadway and New York: Freedomland, Playwrights Horizons; Men on the Verge of a Hispanic Breakdown, (Outer Critics Circle Award), 47th Street Theatre; 2 1/2 Jews, American Jewish Theatre; 100 Years of Lorca and Nuyorican Stories with Culture Clash, INTAR Hispanic American Arts Center; Sublte Bodies, Theatre Row Theatre; Pearl Theatre Company (designer in residence).

Regional: Alley Theatre, American Reperatory Theatre, Cambridge Theatre Company, Hartford Stage Company, Huntington Theatre Company, Long Wharf Theatre, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, New York Stage and Film, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Playmakers Repertory Theatre, Provincetown Repertory Theatre (designer in residence), San Diego Repertory Theatre, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre.

Film: Aurora (Craft Award, Best Original Soundtrack for a short film, The Blue Room.

  ROBERT GUY (Costume Designer) has served as the manager of THEATRIX, the only U.S. Government owned theatrical costumes and supplies house with a rental stock valued at 1.3 million dollars. His Broadway credits include On The Town, Jackie, and 42nd Street (European Tour) where he served as the Wardrobe Supervisor. Other appearances as Wardrobe Supervisor include Jeffrey Finn Productions National Tour of Company, New York Shakespeare Festival’s Productions of Tartuffe, The Taming of the Shrew, Cymbeline, Skin of Our Teeth, On the Town, and Henry V. At the Joseph Papp Public Theatre he has supervised productions of Everybody’s Ruby, Macbeth, A Dybbuk, and Anthony & Cleopatra.   ANNE McMILLS (Assistant Lighting Designer) is originally from Chicago, and is currently enrolled in her first year of graduate study for lighting design at Rutgers University. Anne just recently received her BFA from Millikin University this past spring. Within the last few summers, she has worked as an electrician at both The Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico and the Glimmerglass Opera in New York. She would like to thank Michael Reese profusely for this opportunity.   REBECCA SCHRAFFENBERGER (Stage Manager) was once an idealistic, native New Yorker. She obtained a B.A. in Painting & Literature, and dreamed of running an art gallery. She soon discovered that permanent entry-level positions in Gallery Administration are virtually non-existent, and positions which actually challenged and excited her were impossible to obtain. To augment her income, she found herself doing scenic work in set shops. She landed her first Assistant Stage Managing gig and was instantly charmed by the wacky, ever-changing, hectic creativity of the theater world. Since then she has worked for Urban Stages, Gilgamesh Theatre Group, The Bronx Opera, Babes in the Woods, The Red Hudson Company, and LVL Productions, among others. She is excited to now be involved with Delta Dawn Productions!   For ticket Reservations call 212-802-8041.

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