Old Academy Players proudly presents SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER

by Patricia Bradford

Old Academy Players proudly presents SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER, written by the prolific, award-winning playwright, Tennessee Williams. The play is directed by Rob Rosiello and produced by Charlotte Higgins. Show dates are March 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19, 2017, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Sundays at 2:00 pm.

Thomas Lanier “Tennessee” Williams III (1911 – 1983) was an American playwright. Along with Eugene O’Neill and Arthur Miller, he is considered among the three foremost playwrights in 20th-century American drama. After years of obscurity, he became famous with The Glass Menagerie, the precursor to a string of successes, including: A Streetcar Named Desire (Pulitzer), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Pulitzer and Tony), The Rose Tatoo (Tony), and The Night of the Iguana (Tony). He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1980).

Written for the stage by Tennessee Williams in 1958, SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER was adapted into a 1959 film starring Elizabeth Taylor, Katherine Hepburn, and Montgomery Clift. SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER is viewed as one of the most poetic, and most shocking, plays of Williams’ career.

SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER is the riveting story of a prominent southern family mourning the sudden and tragic death of its only son, Sebastian. The genteel murmur of a mother’s sorrow and doubt cannot mask the horrible secrets held by his cousin, Catharine. She was there. She was traumatized by what she saw befall the beloved and worshipped Sebastian. If his devastated mother, Violet, has her way, what Catharine saw will be cut from her brain…forever.

The stellar cast includes: Brian Jason Kelly as Dr. Cukrowicz, Sandra Hartman as Violet Venable, Caitlin Riley as Catharine Holly, Susan Triggiani as Grace Holly, Dale Mezzacappa as Miss Foxhill, Lee Stover as George Holly, and Emma Shope as Sister Felicity.

Old Academy Players, a member of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, is a non-profit community theater located at 3544 Indian Queen Lane in East Falls (Philadelphia), the urban village on the Schuylkill River. Constructed in 1819, the Old Academy building has been the OAP home since 1932. Old Academy Players has provided continuous community theater since 1923 and featured the acting debuts of both Grace Kelly and Robert Prosky.

Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets are $15. Old Academy welcomes groups! If you have 15 or more in your party, you can take advantage of group discount pricing. Parking for all performances is free. For information and reservations, call 215-843-1109 or visit the theatre’s website at www.oldacademyplayers.org.

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Theater/Organization Website: http://www.oldacademyplayers.org/

Theater/Organization Address: 3544 Indian Queen Lane 3544 Indian Queen Lane Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19129 (Map It)
Theater/Organization Phone: (215) 843-1109

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