Texans must be getting used to catching world premieres of "lost" Tennessee Williams dramas by now. Not too long after 1998's Not About Nightingales had its run at Houston's Alley Theatre, Austin will see another "lost" Williams drama, Spring Storm, making its debut Nov. 10-28 at the University of Texas. Three-time Obie winner Michael Bloom directs.
Spring Storm, discovered at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (where, incidentally, actress Vanessa Redgrave found Nightingales), is the early work of a 29-year-old Williams. A tale of love among four 20-year-olds, repressed by 1930's southern society, Storm features the character Heavenly, who would later grow into the daughter of Boss Finley and the love of Chance Wayne in Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth. As a playwright, Williams is best known for his Streetcar Named Desire and The Glass Menagerie.
The Actors Repertory of Texas, a new company in Austin, will inaugurate their first season with the new Williams play. Working as an affiliate with the University of Texas at Austin, Actors Rep will use both professional actors and graduate and undergraduate students.
Tickets are $29-$25 and available by calling (512) 477-6060.
-- By Christine Ehren