In this new video from 6th Street Playhouse’s YouTube channel, Director Lennie Dean talks about the process she went through with an ensemble of Sonoma County actresses, with the assistance of Dramaturg Maureen Studer, to craft The Tennessee Menagerie. By researching Tennessee William’s personal history and doing extensive readings of his plays, the ensemble is able to interweave the voices of his characters with comments Tennessee Williams made about his own life and artistic process in his journals. The result is a new work which brings many of his most famous female characters to life and provides an intimate look into Tennessee Williams’ experience as an artist.
“The Tennessee Menagerie…unique and daring ensemble piece…Each of the actresses shines… This strangely compelling work of theatre art will appeal to anyone with a healthy curiosity and appreciation of fine writing.”
“Director Lennie Dean’s staging was adventurous and effective…The spellbinding visual impact of this play is due not only to the efforts of the performers and director, but to those of the technical staff…There are stunning effects by April George…sound design by Craig Miller effectively recalls 1930s New Orleans jazz and street sounds…Erika Hauptman’s costumes are evocative of the era…” Greg and Suzanne Angeo, For All Events