Yale Student Obtains Rights from MGM and Williams Estate to Add Movie Scenes to Orpheus Descending

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A student-directed staging of Tennessee Williams' Orpheus Descending at the Yale School of Drama has obtained permission from MGM and the Williams Estate to incorporate scenes from the scribe's film adaptation "The Fugitive Kind."
Benjamin Mosse, director of Yale School of Drama's Orpheus Descending.
Benjamin Mosse, director of Yale School of Drama's Orpheus Descending.

The production — slated for performances Nov. 4-8 — opens the New Haven, Connecticut, school's four-play season of works helmed by graduating students that also includes The Skin of Out Teeth, The Lonesome West and Uncle Vanya. The play focuses on Lady (a woman who has endured a great loss) and Val (a wanderer looking to settle), both seeking to escape their past in a town where gossip keeps bringing it back. The play was turned into the 1959 film "The Fugitive Kind" starring Marlon Brando, Joanne Woodward and Anna Magnani.

"In preparing to work on this play, I whimsically rented 'The Fugitive Kind,'" Yale senior Benjamin Mosse, who was already familiar with the play having worked on it twice, told Playbill On-Line. "I had never before seen this adaptation... [but] it resulted in a newly discovered clarity about the play and the action of the story."

Director Moss explained "Minute additions in the dialogue gave further detail to the subtlety of the characters. And then there is this scene on Palm Sunday, not in the play, where we witness Val and Lady happy, actually happy."

Tickets to the Yale School of Drama stagings are available at the Box Office, 1120 Chapel Street, (at York Street) and by phone at (203) 432-1234.

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