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Five By Tenn  | Open: 03/08/07 Close: 03/25/07
For the first time in New York, "Thank You, Kind Spirit" and "Why Do You Smoke So Much, Lily?" will be presented on stage as Turtle Shell Productions & The Terrapin Troupe and Off The Leash Productions present "FIVE BY TENN". The two short plays are among several by Tennessee Williams that were first discovered in 2000 at The University of Texas. The other three plays in "FIVE BY TENN" are "Talk To Me Like the Rain And Let Me Listen", "Hello From Bertha", and "The Lady of Larkspur Lotion".

Set in New Orleans, the musings of Mother DuClos of "Thank You, Kind Spirit" thread their mysterious way through five tales of desperate people who struggle mightily with their suffocating existence. "Five by Tenn" reveals the powerful themes of hope and despair that resonate so powerfully in Williams' later work.

Turtle Shell founder and artistic director John W. Cooper, who will direct "FIVE BY TENN", believes these five plays foreshadow some of the great female characters in the Williams canon and that "this production will provide a window into the early development of one of our greatest American playwrights."

In an inventive staging of these Williams plays, each story unfolds in the mind of Mother DuClos, a spiritualist who may be a fraud or a believer, thus casting the at-times delusional behavior of the other characters into sharp relief.

Directed by John W. Cooper
Produced by John W. Cooper & Jeremy Handelman
Dramaturg - Scott McCrea
Assistant Director - Patrick Mills
Set Design - Ryan Scott
Lighting Design - Eric Larson
Costume Design - A. Christina Giannini
Sound Design - Roman Battaglia
Dialect Coach - Karla Nielson

With Emily Arrington, Kay Bailey, Christie Booker, *Susan Capra, *Natalie Carter, Christina Christman, Jovanka Ciares, Elizabeth Clark, Nina Covalesky, Michael Culhane, *Barbara Ann Davison, Leon Fallon, Chris Ford, *Joyce Feurring, Daniel Kipler, Grace Manzo, Trish Montoya, Sylvia Mincewicz, *Margaret O'Connor, Vincent Oppecker, Candice Palladino, Lennard Sillevis, *Rebecca Street

*Actor's Equity member
Equity Approved Showcase