“Sweet Bird of Youth”

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Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams hurls a bolt of thunder into the theatre with the resounding passionate, poetic drama Sweet Bird of Youth. Williams paints a searing portrait of a wealthy, aging film star and her torrid liaison with Chance, a youthful but already past-his-prime 29-year-old <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />Palm Beach cabana boy, who has a number of selfish motives for taking her to his hometown on the Gulf of Mexico.  No one is safe when these two monsters connect in this steamy Southern town, as Chance returns to settle an old score, and smoldering romance collides with the sins of a young man’s past.

Sweet Bird of Youth was written by legendary American Playwright “Tennessee” Williams, who brought us such classics as A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and The Glass Menagerie.   Williams achieved a fame few playwrights of his day could equal.  This play also met critical success, a three-time Tony nominated Broadway production (1959) as well as an Oscar-winning feature-film version (1962) of Sweet Bird of Youth that featured such legends as Paul Newman, Ed Begley, and Shirley Knight.

IU Southeast Visiting Assistant Professor and Sweet Bird of Youth director Rand Harmon has met Williams’ challenging script head-on with a talented cast and crew that includes actors Corey Long, Jennifer Poliskie, Kent Carney, Adam Pepper, Christopher Shiner, Randy Pease, Anna Saltsgaver, Justin Dabney, Jani Bruner, Ben Everhart, Leslie Humbert, Julie Streble, Travis Lafferty, Stephen Minotti and Michael Walker and features sets, lights, costumes and sound designed by Theatre Design and Technology Professor Rebekkah Meixner.  Director Rand Harmon said that he was attracted to the evocative imagery of the play and considers it one of Williams’s most poetic discourses, “This is a powerful memory play that takes a raw look at fundamental questions of morality and accepting the consequences for our actions, that we all face as we mature from youth to adults.”

The play will be presented at the Robinson Theater in the Ogle Center on the Indiana University Southeast campus, 4201 Grant Line Road, New Albany, Indiana at 8 p.m. February 16-18 and February 23-24, at 7:00 PM on February 25, and at 2:30 p.m. February 19 & 26. Please join the cast a crew for a reception immediately following the opening night performance on February 17. Tickets for all performances are $10 for general admission and $6 for students, faculty, and senior citizens. To order tickets call Ticketmaster at 502-361-3100, go online to www.ticketmaster.com, or visit the Ogle Box Office on campus.  

*This production contains adult situations and language and may not be suitable for all ages. Parental discretion is advised*  For more information contact the IU Southeast Theatre Department at 812-941-2655; or visit us online at www.ius.edu/theatre.

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