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By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Erica Schmidt
July 9 – August 6, 2023
Tennessee Williams’ Orpheus Descending tells the story of the passion of two outcasts—Lady Torrance, a storekeeper’s wife and daughter of a murdered Sicilian bootlegger and Val, a wandering guitar player—and their attempt to escape from a Southern Hell.
Set in a small town dry-goods store in the Deep South, Orpheus Descending is a toxic brew of racist violence, bigotry, misogyny, sexual passion and longing for liberation.
Maggie Siff (Billions, Mad Men and Sons of Anarchy) plays Lady Torrance and Pico Alexander (Catch 22, Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock and A.R. Gurney’s What I Did Last Summer) is Valentine Xavier.
Erica Schmidt, who adapted and directed Shakespeare’s Macbeth for seven schoolgirls entitled Mac Beth (“raucously exuberant”) and this season’s Lucy which she wrote and directed (“seamlessly layered, extraordinarily entertaining and …cleverly detailed”), stages, in her TFANA debut, this seldom-seen Williams masterpiece.
Featuring Pico Alexander, Molly Kate Babos, Michael Cullen, Matt DeAngelis, Gene Gillette, Laura Heisler, Prudence Wright Holmes, Brian Keane, Julia McDermott, Ana Reeder, Maggie Siff, Kate Skinner, Fiana Tóibín, James Waterston, Dathan B. Williams