Jean Cocteau Repertory began their 31st season Aug. 24 with the Tennessee Williams drama Small Craft Warnings. The production, which officially opened Aug. 30 at their Noho home, the Bouwerie Lane Theatre, located in Manhattan's East Village, will end its scheduled run Nov. 15.
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 continues their season with the currently-running Oedipus the King by Sophocles, translated by Robert Fagles (through 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