'Five by Tenn' announces full cast.
Thu 23 Sep 2004 'Five by Tenn' announces full cast. The Manhattan Theater Club have announced the full cast for their production of Five By Tenn which will open at City Center / Stage Two on 11 Nov 2004, following previews from 19 Oct 2004. Cast: Kathleen Chalfant, Cameron Folmar, Penny Fuller, Hunter Gilmore, Jeremy Lawrence, David Rasche, Robert Sella and Myk Watford Five By Tenn will feature the world premieres of 'The Fat Mans Wife' and 'Adam and Eve on a Ferry', the New York premieres of 'And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens' and 'Summer at the Lake', as well as 'I Cant Imagine Tomorrow', which has been previously produced in New York. Four of the five one acts in Five By Tenn were found several years ago by scholars Nick Moschovakis and David Roessel in Austin while doing research for an edition of William's collected poems. Moschovakis and Roessel brought the plays, along with a dozen others, to director Michael Kahns attention, and Kahn found 'Summer at the Lake', 'And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens', 'The Fat Mans Wife', and 'Adam and Eve on a Ferry' especially stageworthy. Presented with the Williams gem, 'I Cant Imagine Tomorrow', they comprise Five By Tenn. Directed by Michael Kahn, the design team includes Set design by James Noone, costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Howell Binkley with Sound design by Scott Killian and original music by Adam Wernick. 'Summer at the Lake', an precursor to the mother/son relationship depicted in William's breakthrough play, 'The Glass Menagerie', will feature Kathleen Chalfant (Anna), Cameron Folmar (Donald Fenway) and Penny Fuller (Mrs. Fenway). 'And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens', William's only openly gay-themed play, is about an aging drag queen confronting her loneliness, and will feature Myk Watford (Karl), Cameron Folmar (Candy Delaney), Hunter Gilmore (Alvin Krenning) and Robert Sella (Jerry Johnson). 'In The Fat Mans Wife', a woman is forced to choose between her philandering husband and the promise of love from an idealistic younger man. The play features Kathleen Chalfant (Vera Cartwright), David Rache (Josie Cartwright) and Robert Sella (Dennis Merriweather). 'Adam and Eve on a Ferry', in which an anxious American womans obsession with a near-sexual encounter brings her to D.H. Lawrences door, features Kathleen Chalfant (Frieda), Penny Fuller (Visitor) and David Rasche (Lawrence). 'I Cant Imagine Tomorrow', a stark, spare piece featuring Kathleen Chalfant (One) and David Rasche (Two), depicts a middle-aged man and woman trying to bridge the gap of isolation and pain. Jeremy Lawrence appears between plays as The Writer, a figure based on William's writings. Tickets are $48
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