“The Two-Character Play” by Tennessee Williams
- Location: Impromptu Theater
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The Actors Group presents: The Two-Character Play by Tennessee Williams.
November 13, 14 and 20, 21 at 7:30pm. Matinee: November 22nd at 2pm
The Pajama Factory, Impromptu Theater. Parking available on the corner of Rose Street & Park Avenue. Theater entrance beside large birch tree in the parking lot.
Note from the Director, Tom Ryersbach: “The Two-Character Play is an audacious departure for Williams from his previous writings, comparable to Norman Rockwell painting in the style of Abstract Expressionism or discovering a Mozart composition in the style of Thelonious Monk.
The two characters in the play are Felice (played by Jeff Dohrman) and his sister Clare (played by Susan Guinter) who are also in The Two-Character Play within The Two-Character Play which also star Felice and Clare who are also brother and sister.
The Two-Character Play is performed in the present in a cold, backwoods Northern nameless place and The Two-Character Play within The Two-Character Play takes place in the past in the warm Southern city, New Bethesda. The reverberations of a childhood tragedy on the lives of Felice and Clare have produced a fear which they are struggling to cope with.
Tennessee Williams has said, “I think it is my most beautiful play since Streetcar … It is a cri de coeur.”
I’ve directed Streetcar and Cat both of which were a walk in the park compared to this two character play. Streetcar and Cat start at a certain point and advance in a chronologically ordered sequence of events to a resolution. And, they both have well-defined characters with clear and understandable motivations. The Two-Character Play is like a house of mirrors … illusions within illusions. A play and a play within a play ricocheting off each other; with actors standing outside their roles and immersing themselves in their roles and not always sure of which circumstance they’re in.
I could not have directed this play without the input of Jeff and Susan, and my right-hand man—my wife, Jeane. And a final thanks to Scott Palmer who, with a tiny budget and a large imagination, handles ALL the technical aspects of the play.”