PROVINCETOWN TW FESTIVAL

Provincetown, MA 

2012, 2013

Williams was made famous with a mother-son drama, and it's a theme he explored often in his short plays. What could have been another depressing production of a mother-son tragedy became a raucous celebration on the streets of Provincetown. 

 

Auto-da-Fé takes place in the French Quarter of New Orleans, where music and debauchery infuse the very air. A sickly, closeted, shame-filled not-so-young man has a dirty secret that results in an argument with his ultra-Catholic inquisitor of a mother on their front porch. So naturally we staged it on a porch, and in New Orleans fashion, we framed the play with a brass band. First a funeral procession passed by, then after the tragic events of the play, a raucous second line complete with Mardi Gras costumes (schlepped all the way from New Orleans) provided a redemptive, celebratory ending.

 

The power of music elevated a maudlin play to become a spectacle to remember. The production was invited the following year to the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.

TEAM

Scenery | Ellen Rousseau

Sound | Katharine Horowitz

Costumes | Carol Sherry

Mardi Gras Costumes | Albert Carey and

    The Krewe of Armeinius (New Orleans)

Venue Management | Samantha Sewell

Stage Management | Timothy Babcock

Coordinating Director | Susan Grilli

Direction | Jef Hall-Flavin

CAST

Mme. Duvenet | Cristine McMurdo-Wallis 

Eloi | Ben Berry

KREWE OF PROVINCETOWNIUS

Creole Tomato | Albert Carey

Creole Tomato | Channing Blakemoore

Creole Tomato | Tim Wolff

Horseradish | Dr. John Prejean

Tabasco | Will Andrews

Second Line Extravaganza | Chris Brooke, Tom DeMille, James Lombard, Marcia Mello, Melissa Nussbaum-Freeman

HOT TAMALES

Clarinet | Mark Cheniver

Trombone | John Ferry

Sousaphone | Bryan MacMartin

Trumpet | Arty Barbato

Drums | Ted Larkin

WHAT PEOPLE SAID

[PROVINCETOWN BANNER]
[EDGE BOSTON]

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