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Bedlam Ensemble presents an evening of Tennessee Williams’ one act plays with a unique twist!
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The Tennessee Williams Project
 

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.

Cassandra Seale (left) in Bedlam Ensemble's REASONS TO BE PRETTY (2013)
Cassandra Seale (left) in Bedlam Ensemble's REASONS TO BE PRETTY (2013)
Catherine LeClair (top) in Bedlam Ensemble's THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA (2013)
Catherine LeClair (top) in Bedlam Ensemble's THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA (2013)
Samantha Jane Williams (right) in Bedlam Ensemble's MARISOL (2013)
Samantha Jane Williams (right) in Bedlam Ensemble's MARISOL (2013)

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.

ABOUT BEDLAM
Bedlam Ensemble is a not-for-profit theater company of actors, directors, producers, and designers in our fourth season. We are dedicated to presenting live and recorded performances that juxtapose classic texts and new ideas. Most recently, Bedlam Ensemble produced Walking the Dead and reasons to be pretty in May-June as well as The House of Bernarda Alba and Marisol in repertory in March. Following this production of The Tennessee Williams Project, Bedlam will produce Barca’s Life is a Dream in February 2014 directed by newcomer Michael Harrison. Bedlam Ensemble has been growing with every production over the last several years. By presenting work by a well-known playwright, we are increasing our draw for both audiences and critics as well as honoring established work that reflects Bedlam’s artistic values. We are also continuing to develop our community of affiliated artists, which is a crucial next step in the development of our company, and we are excited to raise our work to the next level artistically and commercially.

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.

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