Tennessee Williams triple bill at Pentameters Theatre
Leonie Scott-Matthews presents American Blues: The Dark Room / The Lady of Larkspur Lotion / The One Exception, a Tennessee Williams triple bill consisting of three one-act plays, at the Pentameters Theatre, a fringe venue in Hampstead, north London, from 25 November to 14 December 2014. The One Exception will be making its UK premiere.
Directed by Seamus Newham, set design by Caitlin Line and costume design by Julia Dolimore. The cast includes Rowena Bentley, Karen Brace, Alex Froom, Victoria Kempton and Francesca Wilde.
The plays are about women in crisis ...
The Dark Room: An Italian mother (Mrs Pocciotti), a welfare officer (Miss Morgan) and a fifteen-year-old girl hiding in 'the dark room.'
The Lady of Larkspur Lotion: Set in a run-down rooming house in New Orleans. The central character (Mrs Hardwicke-Moore) is a delusional heroine, who like Blanche Dubois, holds on to respectability through an imaginary past, sharing the moment with a failed writer who clings to his own fantasy of literary world renown.
The One Exception: Williams was haunted by the unquiet ghost of his mentally ill sister, Rose, who was lobotomised and institutionalised against her will. In this play, Williams hauntingly depicts a mentally ill woman (Kyra), her devoted caretaker (May) and a callous, fair-weather friend (Viola).