Santa Cruz Shoestring Players’ “Night of the Iguana” Opens October 14 at CPAC
For Immediate Release: October 6, 2010
Info, contact: Susan Voorhees, 203-6189 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On Thursday, October 14, Tennessee Williams will take the stage in Green Valley for the first time with the Santa Cruz Shoestring Players’ production of “Night of the Iguana”, directed by Roberta Konen. A rare treat, “Iguana” explores the depths of human despair, winding its way to a hopeful future.
“Iguana”, the last of Williams’ major artistic, critical and box office successes, first opened on Broadway at the Royale Theatre on December 28, 1961. Williams won his fourth New York Drama Critics award for this play.
Of Williams’ work, “Night of the Iguana” may be the most powerful, if not the most produced. At its center is the Rev. Lawrence T. Shannon (James Henriksen). As the play opens, the Rev. Shannon, who has been banished from his Episcopal flock for “fornication and heresy”, appears at the Costa Verde Hotel in early 1940’s Mexico on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Shannon throws himself at the feet of Maxine Faulk, the hotel proprietress and old friend.
The recently widowed Maxine (Regina Ford) must deal not only with Shannon, but his new flock of Baptist women tourists, for whom he acts as cut-rate bus tour director. Add the spinster Hannah (Sheila Stewart Glover), and her 97-year-old grandfather, Nonno (Tom Bushee), and Williams’ recipe for a masterful, dramatic journey into the themes of both human loneliness and hope begins.
Other members of this extremely talented cast include: Mary Lee Taylor, Amanda Urbaniak, Thomas Curran, Roger Kreitzberg and Davey Jones.
“Night of the Iguana” runs two weekends at the Community Performing Arts Center, with 7:00 performances October 14, 15, 16, 22, and 23, and a 2:00 matinee on Thursday, October 21. The Players invite their opening night audience to join the actors after the performance for a complimentary Champagne Reception on the 14th.
Tickets, $12 in advance and $14 at the door, are available at the CPAC ticket office, 1250 W. Continental Rd., by phone at 399-1750, and online atwww.performingartscenter.org ; or www.santacruzshoestringplayers.com
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