Penny Fuller Joins Chalfant in MTC's Bill of Williams Plays, Four by Tenn

News   Penny Fuller Joins Chalfant in MTC's Bill of Williams Plays, Four by Tenn Kathleen Chalfant, Cameron Folmar, Penny Fuller, Jeremy Lawrence and Myk Watford will bring the lesser known work of Tennessee Williams to life in New York this fall under the banner of Four by Tenn — four one acts by the poetic American playwright.

Manhattan Theatre Club presents the bill, directed by Michael Kahn, who similarly staged a clutch of Williams' short plays in a slate called Five by Tenn at The Kennedy Center's Terrace Theatre April 21-May 9, 2004. The works were produced by The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC. Among the cast were Folmar, Watford and Chalfant.

Getting its world premiere at MTC is Adam and Eve on a Ferry. New York premieres are Escape and Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens.... A play called I Can't Imagine Tomorrow, seen in a TV production and Off-Broadway, is also on the schedule.

The plays will be presented in one sitting.

Fuller is known for Broadway's Applause and The Dinner Party. Chalfant was praised and awarded for Wit and Angels in America in New York.

Performances play MTC's Off-Broadway Stage II at City Center starting Oct. 19. Performances continue to Dec. 19. For more information, visit www.manhattantheatreclub.com.

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The creative team for Five by Tenn in Washington, DC, earlier this year included Andrew Jackness (set design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Howell Binkley (lighting design), Adam Wernick (original music) and Martin Desjardins (sound design).

The five one-acts seen in DC were: These Are the Stairs You Got to Watch, Escape ("a compelling work tinged with a sense of loss and hopelessness that foreshadows the mother-and-son relationship found in The Glass Menagerie"), And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens... ("Williams' only openly gay-themed play follows the story of a young, burnt-out man in his 30s living in New Orleans' French Quarter"), The Municipal Abattoir and I Can't Imagine Tomorrow ("a captivating drama, the play explores the friendship between a middle-aged man and woman who are both paralyzed by their individual pain").

Michael Kahn previously oversaw an Off-Broadway staging of Williams' one-acts under the title Ten by Tennessee.

Williams is the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright (also known for his compelling and sensual short stories) who penned The Glass Menagerie, The Rose Tattoo, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Streetcar Named Desire, Camino Real, Orpheus Descending and more.

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