USM Theatre Presents Tennessee Williams’ ‘Suddenly Last Summer’

10/8/2012 12:00:00 AM

7:30 p.m. Oct. 11-13, USM’s Xavier Theatre 

(Leavenworth, Kan.)—The University of Saint Mary theatre program presents Suddenly Last Summer, considered one of the most poetic works of legendary playwright Tennessee Williams, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, through Saturday, Oct. 13, in Xavier Theatre on the USM Leavenworth campus at 4100 South 4th Street. The play contains adult situations and themes and is not recommended for children.

Tickets are $10 for adults and are available at the door. Call (913) 758-6152 to purchase advance tickets.

Suddenly Last Summer revolves around the mysterious death of Sebastian Venable as he traveled abroad with his cousin Catharine. When Catharine returns with shocking tales of Sebastian, his mother, Violet, labors to protect his memory at any cost.

Suddenly Last Summer debuted Off-Broadway in 1958 to critical acclaim. The USM theatre program selected the production because of its challenging nature.

“Tennessee Williams has had a profound effect on American theatre, playwrights, actors, and, of course, audiences,” said Van Ibsen, director of the Saint Mary theatre program. “His work continues to challenge our current value systems. His plays can bombard the audience with the darkest images of ‘civilized mankind’ and yet still provide a keen sense of purity that can even involve self-sacrifice.

“This show has been a challenge to the student actors/actresses, the tech crew, myself as director, and all who have helped make the performance possible. That’s what we in the theatre like—a challenge. And since this is a play I use as a teaching tool in the classroom, it is good for the students to experience producing it for the stage.”

The production stars USM’s Sarah DeMetz, Jason Eberth, Briana Janas, Amanda Jacobs, Ben Sanders, Alyssa Dunning, and Gemma Maliszewski. Students Sarah Cronkleton-Kidd and Regina Ridgway are serving in technical roles.

Call (913) 758-6152 for tickets or for more information.