By Carey Purcell
01 Nov 2013
Directed by Cosmin Chivu and starring avant-garde actors Mink Stole as Trinket and Penny Arcade as Celeste, the play officially opens Nov. 10 and continues performances through Nov. 24.
"The Mutilated takes place on Christmas Eve in New Orleans in the late 1940s, and centers on Trinket Dugan (Stole), a Texas oil heiress and cancer survivor, who is hiding away at the Silver Dollar Hotel with a painful secret; and her buxom buddy Celeste Delacroix Griffin (Arcade), a vagrant, shoplifter, and over-the-hill (though always hopeful) prostitute who is Trinket’s only real friend and the only person who knows her secret," press notes state. "But their friendship has been pushed to the limit; Celeste wants money, a free meal, a jug of California tokay wine, and takes anything she can bully, bribe or blackmail from Trinket. When Trinket finds out Celeste has humiliated her by broadcasting her secret around the Quarter, the battle is on and they fight cruelly among the singing 'Quarter Rats' — con men, hookers, cops, freaks, sailors, and drunks — until they find a way to resuscitate their friendship just in time to share a mystical experience that changes their lives."
The play premiered in New York in 1966 as part of a two-play bill called Slapstick Tragedy.
The creative team includes Anka Lupes (sets), Angela Wendt (costumes), Graham Kindred (lights), Lauren Gaul (choreographer), Laura Malseed (production stage manager), Dana Greenfield (assistant director), Augustin Correro (assistant director) and Thomas Keith (creative producer).
The production features original music for Williams' lyrics composed by Jesse Selengut and performed live onstage with his New Orleans swing-style band Tin Pan.
Tickets and more information can be found by visiting newohiotheatre.org.