Cape Town theatre lovers are in for a unique experience. Fresh from successful, sold-out performances in New York, London, New Orleans, Provincetown and St. Louis, the phenomenon that is Tennessee Williams’ The Hotel Plays is coming to the Vineyard Hotel this winter.
Author of classic plays The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams lived most of his life in hotels. From the 1930s until his death, in 1983, Williams wrote a series of short plays set in hotel rooms.
For the past seven years selections of these plays have been performed in actual hotel rooms under the collective title The Hotel Plays. Audiences across the USA and in London have experienced some of Williams’ best writing, up-close and personal, in an exclusive, fully immersive, site-specific environment.
The South African première of The Hotel Plays will be performed on 30 July 2016 at the historic Vineyard Hotel in Newlands and will feature a double bill of Williams’s Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen and Green Eyes directed by veteran, multi-award winning director Fred Abrahamse.
Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen was written in the 1950s and features some of Williams’s most exquisite lyrical passages. Set in a suite on the Lower East Side this delicate dramatic poem sees a couple connected by the intimacy of desperation. Nicole Franco and Marcel Meyer star as the despairing lovers. Franco has numerous stage and screen credits to her name and is best known for her memorable performance as Anabella in Mavis Taylor’s legendary production of John Ford’s Jacobean classic, Tis Pity She’s a Whore. Meyer has played leading roles on stages across South Africa, Europe and the United States and has won great acclaim for his interpretations of several of Williams’s leading men.
Green Eyes was written in 1970 and remained unpublished and un-staged until 2008. This intense, power-house play was Williams’s response to the atrocities of the Vietnam War. Set in New Orleans, Green Eyes transfigures a honeymoon suite into a battleground. Melissa Haiden and Stephen Jubber star as the dysfunctional young bride and groom. Haiden is one of Cape Town’s most sought after young actresses and was recently seen playing Desdemona is the Maynardville production of Othello. Jubber’s extensive career as a musical theatre leading man includes performances in West Side Story, Mama Mia! and Jersey Boys. Recently Jubber proved himself a fine dramatic actor with performances in Shakespeare’s Othello and Athol Fugard’s Hello & Goodbye.
The Vineyard’s Hotel Plays production will include a sumptuous three course, wine-paired dinner. Between courses, patrons will view Williams’s one-acts in two separate suites in the hotel’s historic wing.
The luxurious Vineyard Hotel is set in a seven-acre riverside garden estate on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Built in 1799 as a country cottage for Lady Anne Barnard and converted to a hotel in the 1890s, the Vineyard has over its illustrious history welcomed numerous artists, writers, celebrities and Nobel laureates and is the perfect setting for this unique theatrical experience.
Acclaimed both at home and in the USA for their landmark productions, Abrahamse & Meyer Productions have garnered numerous local and international awards and nominations for their innovative stagings of Williams classics like Kingdom of Earth, The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, One Arm, Stairs to the Roof and The Day on Which A Man Dies.
The Hotel Plays will première at the Vineyard Hotel, Colinton Road, Newlands on 30 July at 19:00 and have additional performances at 19:00 on 4, 5, 13, 19 and 20 August. Because of the exclusive nature of this event only a limited number of seats are available so booking is essential. To book please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets cost R650 per person. Ticket price includes the three course wine paired dinner and the two plays.
The Vineyard offers Dinner, Show, Bed & Breakfast special
The Vineyard is offering a special Hotel Plays Stayover package, which includes tickets to the show, the three-course wine-paired dinner, coffee, and breakfast. Packages are from R1 950 for a single room, and R2 800 for a double room, and available only for the nights of the shows.
Information from The Phoenix Partnership
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