PROVINCETOWN TW THEATER FESTIVAL

Produced by Gremlin Theatre

SEPTEMBER 2014

First produced in 1979, this enchanting comedy centers on four women set on protecting each other from disappointment in an efficiency apartment in St. Louis.

And, because it takes place in an apartment, that's how I staged it... complete with chicken frying on the stove! Turning it into a site-specific piece completely transformed the experience.

Dotty, suffering from a Southern Belle complex, is stuck between three well-meaning women: Bodey, her motherly German roommate; Helena, her pretentious, predatory friend; and Sophie, the sad cruller-eating German-speaking woman from upstairs. This 1979 text heralds Williams's return to the pleasing lyric cadences of his earlier writing: full of grace and humor, and very different from the broken rhythms of his other late writings. The play's scenario became the basis for the highly successful TV series The Golden Girls in the 1980s.

CREATIVE TEAM

Costumes | Clare Brauch

Sound | Katharine Horowitz

Prop Design & Stage Mgmt | Sarah Bauer

Design & Technical Direction | Carl Schoenborn

Direction | Jef Hall-Flavin

Producer | Peter Christian Hansen

CAST (Provincetown)

Bodey | Sally Ann Wright 
Dorothea | Sara Richardson
Helena Brookmire | Jane Froiland

Sophie Gluck | Ellen Apel

CAST (Minneapolis)

Bodey | Suzanne Warmanen
Dorothea | Sara Richardson
Helena Brookmire | Jane Froiland

Sophie Gluck | Noe Tallen

WHAT PEOPLE SAID

[TWIN CITIES PIONEER PRESS]
[DAILY PLANET]
[EDGE BOSTON]

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