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Tennessee Williams’ One-Acts

01/21/14

Tennessee Williams’ One-Acts

Music and theatre students perform Tennessee Williams’ One-Acts

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Students in the JCCC Music and Theatre department will bring the works of Tennessee Williams to the stage in February and March when they present "Four X Tenn," Tennessee Williams one-act plays.

The performances, which are free and open to the public, will be held in the Bodker Black Box Theatre of the Carlsen Center at 7 and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 21-22, and Feb. 28- March 1. Performances will also be held at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Feb. 22-23, and March 1-2. A late afternoon performance can be seen at 4 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 23 and March 2.

These four one-act plays illustrate Tennessee Williams’ insight into human nature and his perception and passion for life as it should be. Featured works are "The Lady of Larkspur Lotion," "Portrait of a Madonna," "Hello from Bertha" and "This Property is Condemned." Through these dramatic pieces, the audience is able to catch a glimpse of Williams’ ability to compress life’s tragedies and pathos into several small scenes. These pieces are the precursor to some of his most powerful works, most notably "A Streetcar Named Desire," "The Glass Menagerie" and "Summer and Smoke."

All one-acts are directed by Beate Pettigrew, professor of theatre.

Two other productions will take place later this spring.

During March 14-16, students will perform "Ming Lee and the Magic Tree" by Aurand Harris. This children’s play is performed in traditional Chinese style to tell the story of a prince who must meet certain conditions in order to be allowed to marry the Princess of the Stars. Along his journey he learns many valuable lessons.

During April 25-27 and May 2-4, students will perform "The Cripple of Inishmaan" by Martin McDonagh. This strange comic tale in the great tradition of Irish storytelling follows a young cripple in his quest for a better life.

Seating for all performances is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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