A unique twist on the one-act plays of Tennessee Williams
directed by Daniella Caggiano
produced by Bedlam Ensemble January 15th-26th 2014
at The Gene Frankel Theatre
Now in its fourth season, Bedlam Ensemble returns this January with The Tennessee Williams Project! This is a new and exciting approach to his classic one act plays, carefully directed to create interconnected story lines between the plays and 14 recurring characters all living together in one big unhappy New Orleans boarding house. Sounds cool, right? Well, we need your help to make the magic happen!
Having finished a successful run of reasons to be pretty and Walking the Dead in May and June, Bedlam Ensemble is growing and taking on one of the great iconic American playwrights, Bedlam style. We’ll be including such classics as Talk To Me Like The Rain and This Property is Condemned as well as some lesser known (but just as brilliant) pieces.
This production of The Tennessee Williams Project will feature an exciting combination of Bedlam mainstays and new talent, including Cassandra Seale (ALICE, Outside Providence, reasons to be pretty), Catherine LeClair (The House of Bernarda Alba, Border Sweet Border) and Samantha Jane Williams (Marisol, ALICE, Grandpa Was A Bachelor) as well as newcomers Alexander Miskin, Liam Cunningham, Jenny Hann, Thomas Wood, Helyn Rain Messenger, Christine Schisano, Tory Flack, Katie Henly, Giorgio Panetta and Annie-Sage Whitehurst. The production will be directed by resident director Daniella Caggiano, whose other work with Bedlam Ensemble includes reasons to be pretty, Outside Providence, ALICE, and The Delirium of Edgar Allan Poe.
WHY BACK The Tennessee Williams Project?
Bedlam is a growing theatre company. Your support will not only help us pay for the materials we need to put on a great show, it will also get you a great seat so you can enjoy the performance you made possible. We chose to present the one act plays of Tennessee Williams because of their beautifully poetic language, striking characters, and the great potential for ensemble work. However, these wonderful plays are not in the public canon, which means we have to pay for the right to perform them. Your support will help us pay for those rights, as well as the cost of renting The Gene Frankel Theatre—an appropriate venue since Gene Frankel in fact knew Tennessee Williams. We also need to cover the expense of putting together the lights, costumes, set, and sound design that bring the world of the play to life; and the funds for advertising our show to the world so we can get the word out and have the best possible audience.
Bedlam is non-profit and volunteer run, but we need your support to cover the necessary costs of presenting this work to you.
Risks and challenges
We have already secured the venue, the rights, and the cast for the show. Once we are funded, we will be able to commit to designers, sets, props, and advertise our production more broadly. We have budgeted to allow for unforeseen costs that may arise, which is part of why we must meet this fundraising goal. Money raised beyond the goal will go to improve the quality of our production.
There are always risks that cannot be completely mitigated. Props or sets can be damaged; our audience could be turned away by the weather. But we are not just a company of actors, directors, and producers. We are a community, an ensemble. If we can join together with a few people in a room, we can fill an empty space with a performance, regardless of power failures, costume malfunctions, or any of the dozen daily disasters that make live theater so precarious and wonderful. Become a backer and, more importantly, become an audience member, and we will tell you a story.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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