Tennessee Williams Will Experience Homecoming at Newly Renovated St. Louis Artists' Guild
30 Jun 2014
The St. Louis Artists' Guild, which was once home to performances by a young Tennessee Williams, will be home to the acclaimed playwright's rarely performed play Stairs to the Roof when it is mounted at the newly renamed Boo Cat Club, according to St. Louis Today.
The theatre is now a centerpiece of the club; the restorations began after Pat and Carol Schuchard bought the empty building, which had been unused for about four years.
"At one time, this was the place in St. Louis for visual and performing arts — a formal arts-and-crafts cottage endowed by the cultural elite of the city. Every artist in St. Louis has had something to do with that building," Pat Schuchard told St. Louis Today.
When the restoration is complete, the Schuchards will host a grand opening for a building that will present visual art exhibits, concerts and plays, beginning with Stairs to the Roof.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.