Archived Show


Produced by:
The Acting Company
September 02 - October 10, 2015
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Show Info

Plays by Elizabeth Egloff, Marcus Gardley, Rebecca Gilman, David Grimm, John Guare, and Beth Henley
Directed by Michael Wilson
Scenic and Projection Design by Jeff Cowie, Costume Design by David C. Woolard, Lighting Design by Russell H. Champa, Original Music/Sound Design by John Gromada

With Kristen Adele, Megan Bartle, Juliet Brett, Brian Cross, Liv Rooth, John Skelley, Derek Smith, Mickey Theis, Yaegel T. Welch

America's most lauded playwrights come together for a celebration of one of America's greatest wordsmiths. Adapted from Tennessee Williams' short stories, the plays of Desire are destined to be new classics for the 21st century. Depicting love and innocence, isolation and loss, these unforgettable tales serve as a reminder that great stories have the power to change our lives.

The Resemblance Between a Violin Case and a Coffin
By Beth Henley, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Crimes of the Heart and, most recently, Abundance.

The Field of Blue Children
By Rebecca Gilman, Pulitzer and Olivier Awards nominee and who is best known for Spinning into Butter, Boy Gets Girl and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.

Tent Worms
By Elizabeth Egloff, whose plays include Ether Dome, The Swan, and Peter Pan and Wendy.

By David Grimm, known for The Miracle at Naples, Measure for Pleasure and Tales from Red Vienna.

Desire Quenched by Touch
By Marcus Gardley, a PEN/Laura Pels Awardee, is recognized for his poetry and plays such as ...And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi, The Box: A Black Comedy, and Every Tongue Confess.

You Lied To Me About Centralia
By John Guare, who has written extensively for the theater including The House of Blue Leaves and Six Degrees of Separation. He has won two Pulitzer Prizes, four TONY Awards and an Academy Award

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Photo Caption: Juliet Brett and Brian Cross in THE RESEMBLANCE BETWEEN A VIOLIN CASE AND A COFFIN
Photo: Carol Rosegg
Photo Caption: Mickey Theis, John Skelley, Juliet Brett, Yaegel T. Welch, and Brian Cross in THE RESEMBLANCE BETWEEN A VIOLIN CASE AND A COFFIN
Photo: Carol Rosegg
Photo Caption: Juliet Brett and Kristen Adele in THE RESEMBLANCE BETWEEN A VIOLIN CASE AND A COFFIN
Photo: Carol Rosegg
Photo Caption: Liv Rooth and Derek Smith in TENT WORMS
Photo: Carol Rosegg
Photo Caption: Mickey Theis and Megan Bartle in YOU LIED TO ME ABOUT CENTRALIA
Photo: Carol Rosegg
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Producing Company

The Acting Company

Founded in 1972 by legendary producer/director/actor John Houseman and previous Producing Director Margot Harley with members of the first graduating class of Juilliard's Drama Division, The Acting Company has performed 141 productions for over 3 million people in 48 states and ten foreign countries. The Company has given a generation of actors the opportunity to master their craft. Alumni members include Kevin Kline, Rainn Wilson, Patti LuPone, David Schramm, Jesse L. Martin, David Ogden Stiers, Frances Conroy, Jeffrey Wright, Harriet Harris, Hamish Linklater and Keith David. 

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"The Acting Company's Desire is consistently engrossing and often ingenious." - Newsday

"Breathes with the same fervent romanticism that marks [Williams'] plays." - Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

"You can hear Tennessee Williams's dramatis personae echoing through this evening of one-acts." - New Yorker

"Edgy and out-there and satisfying." - New York Daily News

"A must for Williams fans, Desire is filled with so many grace notes and accomplished performances that it should prove satisfying for all." - Lighting & Sound America

"Insightful, wry and doesn't flinch from raw sexuality... Wilson keeps these plays moving swiftly and connects them in subtle ways." - WNYC