March 22 — April 16
SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH
By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Mel. Cook
Featuring Leslie Castay as Princess Kosmonopolis and Martin Bradford as Chance Wayne
Presented at Loyola University, Marquette Theatre in partnership with the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
6363 St. Charles Avenue
Southern Rep Theatre is in residence at the Loyola University Department of Theatre Arts.
Experience SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH, a decadent fever dream by Tennessee Williams
Leslie Castay stars as Princess Kosmonopolis, an aging doyenne swept up in a race against time. Fueled by booze, pills, and staggering denial, Princess places herself in the care of Chance Wayne (Martin Bats Bradford), an ambitious gigolo with less than a heart of gold and a drama of his own unfolding.
Runtime: 180 minutes with a brief intermission
Sundays at 3 PM
Friday, March 24 Opening Night – Reception to Follow!
Thursday, March 30 Pay What You Can Night – At the door only, starting one hour before curtain (tickets reserved in advance are full price)
Lagniappe Performances Fridays before the show, free and open to the public—
Friday, March 24 6:30 PM- 7:30 PM Loyola University Musical Theatre Cabaret
Friday, March 31 6:30 PM- 7:30 PM Melange Dance Company
Friday, April 7 6:30 PM- 7:30 PM Gwen Mann and Walker Larson
Friday, April 14 6:30 PM- 7:30 PM Theo of Nana Grizols
TableTalks Saturday panel discussions before show and Sunday actor talkbacks afterward
Playwright Tennessee Williams was born on March 26, 1911, in Columbus, Mississippi. After college, he moved to New Orleans, a city that would inspire much of his writing and that he considered his “spiritual home”. On March 31, 1945, his play, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, opened on Broadway and two years later A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE earned Williams his first Pulitzer Prize. Many of Williams’ plays have been adapted to film starring screen greats like Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor. Williams died in 1983.
Mel.Cook is a London-based theatre director working primarily in experiential and immersive theatre, creating autonomous narrative adventures for international audiences. Mel has worked with companies including the RSC, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Royal National Theatre, Coney, and Punchdrunk, and has directed productions for a multitude of UK houses. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (BA Acting) and the University of London Birkbeck (MFA Theatre Directing), Mel has made work for theatres, festivals, and abandoned buildings from Auckland to York, and is thrilled to be adding New Orleans to the list.
About Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
The Tennessee Williams/ New Orleans Literary Festival is an annual five-day celebration held in late March, which showcases national and regional scholars, writers, and performing artists. Programs include panel discussions, theatrical performances, a one-act play competition, a fiction contest, lectures, literary walking tours, musical performances, a bookfair, and more.
The Festival is governed by a volunteer board of directors composed of teachers, writers, book-sellers, city government personnel, corporate representatives, and television consultants. It is a 501(c)3 organization, chartered in the state of Louisiana. Funding comes from auxiliary events, fund-raising parties, corporate and individual donations, and public and private foundation donations.
Details subject to change, including cast, venue, and performance schedule. Please visit www.southernrep.com for the most up-to-date information.