Jean Cocteau Repertory begin their 31st season Aug. 24 with the Tennessee Williams drama Small Craft Warnings. The production will officially open Aug. 30 for a run through Nov. 15 at their home, The Bouwerie Lane Theatre, located in the Noho locale of Manhattan's East Village.
The play, which is based on an earlier Williams one-act, Confessional, from 1969, is set in a beachfront bar in a Southern California coastal town. The play focuses on nine patrons of the pub named Monk's Place.
Director Scott Shattuck helms the play which originally premiered Off Broadway in 1972 at the Truck and Warehouse Theatre. His creative team includes Michael McKowen (sets), Giles Hogya (lights), Sam Kusnetz (sound) and Susan Soetaert (costumes). The production features original music by Ellen Mandel.
Following Small Craft Warnings, Jean Cocteau Rep continue their season with Oedipus the King by Sophocles, translated by Robert Fagles (Oct. 12-Jan. 24), Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw (Dec. 7-March 28), The Dance of Death by August Strindberg (Feb. 8 May 12) and The Marriage of Figaro by Beaumarchais, translated by Rod McLucas (April 12-June 2).
For reservations to witness Small Craft Warnings at The Bouwerie Lane, 330 Bowery, at the corner of Bond Street, call (212) 677-0060. For more information, visit www.jeancocteaurep.org. — by Ernio Hernandez