Original Merrily We Roll Along Star Will Take On Tennessee Williams

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Broadway and London stage veteran Ann Morrison will be featured in a performance of Tennessee Williams' The Night of the Iguana with students from Elmira College's theatre program.

Ann Morrison
Ann Morrison

Performances will begin Feb. 5 and continue through Feb. 8 in the Gibson Theatre at Emerson Hall.

"Set at a Mexican hotel in the early 1940's, the play presents vivid character portraits of unyielding intensity," press notes state. "The 'self-hating, sexually angst ridden' defrocked minister T. Lawrence Shannon – filled with self-loathing – abandons a bus tour he has been leading to seek comfort in a run-down resort on the Mexican Riviera run by an old friend, Maxine Faulk. Shannon is suffering a nervous breakdown. The sudden appearance of Hannah Jelkes, a penniless artist from Nantucket, forces Shannon to confront his demons and begin the process of healing and understanding himself. Together Maxine, Hannah, and Shannon each search for a future – a personal future of, if not happiness, hope and possibilities."

The Night of the Iguana premiered on Broadway in December 1961, with a cast including Patrick O'Neal as Shannon, two-time Oscar winner Bette Davis as Maxine and Margaret Leighton as Hannah. The 1964 film version was directed by John Huston and starred Richard Burton as Shannon, Ava Gardner as Maxine and Deborah Kerr as Hannah.

Morrison made her Broadway debut in 1981 in Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along. She returned to Broadway in 2007 in LoveMusik. She was recently featured at 54 Below in a performance titled Now You Know: An Evening of Steve, Lenny — and Annie as well as Sondheim Originals: Old Friends and Forbidden Broadway. Morrison has also performed in the West End, where she starred in the new musical Peg.

For tickets to The Night of the Iguana, visit the Elmira College Box Office in Emerson Hall or call (607) 735-1853. Visit elmira.edu for more information.

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