Tennessee Williams' Small Craft Warnings will have what is thought to be its first professional New York City revival in 27 years when Worth Street Theater Company stages the lyrical drama, opening June 28.
Worth Street artistic director Jeff Cohen directs a cast that includes Cristine McMurdo-Wallis as Leona and David Greenspan as Quentin. The play is based on an earlier Williams one-act, Confessional, from 1969. Set in a bar in a Southern California coastal town, Small Craft Warnings premiered Off-Broadway in 1972 at the Truck and Warehouse Theatre.
Previews began June 24; performances continue to July 19 at the Tribeca Playhouse, 111 Reade Street in Manhattan.
McMurdo-Wallis appeared as Hannah in American Conservatory Theatre's Angels in America, Hartford Stage's Cymbeline and Collected Stories at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Greenspan is a playwright-actor who was seen in the 1996 New York revival of The Boys in the Band. Other credits include Second Hand Smoke.
The lost souls in Monk's Place, the gin joint, are played by Worth Street company members Michael Cannis, John DiBenedetto, Anthony Mangano, Eliza Pryor Nagle, Liam O'Brien, Adam Richman and Stewart Steinberg. Director Cohen's previous credits at Worth Street include adaptations of classics, including Whoa-Jack! (from Woyzeck), and The Seagull: Hamptons: 1990s.
Designers are Larry Brown (set), Jon Kusner (lighting) and Susan Soetaert (costume).
Tickets are $15. Reservations are required. Call (212) 604-4195 for information.
-- By Kenneth Jones