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Three short plays by Tennessee Williams.
Directed by Abigail Graham
Designed by Alexandra Kharibian.
Lighting by Dan Marsden.
Sound by Tom Gibbons.
Presented by Supporting Wall in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre
Cast: Charlotte Beaumont. Alex Beckett. Victoria Boreham. Oliver Coopersmith. Tricia Kelly. Ben Porter.

Sundays and Mondays, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23 February 2009
(The entire run sold out and an extra performance was added on 22 February 2009)

Three rarely performed short plays from one of America’s greatest playwrights

“An’ them stars. Millions of ‘em, huh? Quantity production, everything on a big scale – that’s God! Millions of stars – millions of people. Only He knew what to do with the stars. Stuck ‘em up there in the sky to look pretty. But people – down here in the mud. Ugh, too many of ‘em, God!”

Three rarely performed short plays about hope and despair from one of America’s greatest playwrights. Some people can dream of a better world. Others cannot. What happens when you cannot separate yourself from an imperfect world?

In Moony’s Kid Don’t Cry, an unplanned baby puts strain on a young couple’s relationship. The play questions what we should do when we have responsibilities, but we know that there has got to be more to life than what’s in front of us?

In This Property is Condemned, an orphaned girl and a boy playing truant meet on a railway track in a beautifully hopeful play about the importance of dreams when you cannot escape. Written for child actors, the play will at last be performed by actors at the right age – 12 year-old Charlotte Beaumont (2,000 Feet Away, Bush Theatre) and 14 year-old Oliver Cooper-Smith (The Cryptogram, Donmar Warehouse).

Auto-Da-Fe literally means ‘an act of faith.’ Eloi is a puritan fundamentalist, disgusted by the sin that surrounds him. When he discovers a pornographic photograph, he has no choice but to cleanse himself and his world. A searching look at what happens when you cannot separate yourself from an imperfect world, and your beliefs are so strong that you have no choice but to act…

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) is one of the world's most celebrated playwrights, and the winner of numerous awards including two Pulitzer Prizes and four New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards. Born in Columbus, Mississippi, his works include The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Rose Tattoo, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Not About Nightingales, Summer and Smoke, Suddenly Last Summer, Camino Real, Lovely and Misfit, The Night of the Iguana, and Something Cloudy, Something Clear which received its UK professional premiere at the Finborough Theatre in 2003. His work has just been given a major retrospective in London and Glasgow to commemorate the 25th anniversary of his death.

Director Abigail Graham began her career directing young people on housing estates in Hackney. She is an Old Vic New Voices director and directed for the November 2006 24 Hour Plays. She was awarded the Company of Angel’s ‘Theatre Makers Award’ for Jack’s Quest, (The Junction, Cambridge, and Pleasance, London). Other directing includes From Here to Malaysia (Soho Theatre) and The Boy and The Dog who Walked to the Moon (Pleasance, Edinburgh). Recently, Abigail assisted on Josie Rourke’s production of 2,000 Feet Away (Bush Theatre) and Pub Quiz (Northern Stage and Regional Tour), and has directed community and education projects for the Almeida.
“Must See: This imaginative piece of storytelling which, under Abigail Graham’s tight direction, sustains its wonderful magic” – The Stage on The Boy and The Dog who Walked to the Moon.

Charlotte Beaumont made her professional stage debut last year in 2,000 Feet Away (Bush Theatre)
Alex Beckett’s
many credits include The Hotel In Amsterdam (Donmar Warehouse), Hamlet (Creation Theatre) and Swallow Song (Oxford Playhouse), as well as the BBC TV adaptation of Hotel in Amsterdam
Oliver Coopersmith’s credits include The Cryptogram (Donmar Warehouse), Macbeth (New Shakespeare Company), 2,000 Feet Away (Bush Theatre) and This Is Progress (ICA)
Victoria Boreham trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, has TV credits including Holby City (BBC) and Confessions of a Diary Secretary (ITV), and has just been understudying for The Norman Conquests (Old Vic)
Tricia Kelly's wide-ranging credits include Nicholas Nickleby (West End and Tour), Unprotected (Liverpool Playhouse and Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh), Much Ado About Nothing (Sheffield Crucible), The Maths Tutor (Hampstead Theatre), Some Explicit Polaroids (Out of Joint), Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Victory (The Wrestling School)
Ben Porter’s extensive theatre credits include leads in The Woman In Black (West End), The Tempest (Liverpool Playhouse), Frankenstein (Nuffield Theatre),
Macbeth (English Touring Theatre) and Happy Yet (Gate Theatre), as well as numerous appearances at the National Theatre including An Enemy of the People,
The Invention of Love, Frankenstein and The Heiress.

Moony's Kid Don't Cry, This Property is Condemned and Auto-Da-Fe are presented through special arrangement with The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee.

Supported by Old Vic New Voices