L.A.'s Fountain Theatre to Stage Tennessee Williams' A House Not Meant to Stand | Playbill

News L.A.'s Fountain Theatre to Stage Tennessee Williams' A House Not Meant to Stand
Tennessee Williams' rarely produced final play, A House Not Meant to Stand, will open its doors beginning Feb. 19 at Los Angeles' Fountain Theatre.

Sandy Martin
Sandy Martin

Originally produced in one-act form as part of Some Problems for the Moose Lodge, which was presented by the Goodman Theatre in 1980, Williams later expanded A House Not Meant to Stand into a full, two-act play.

The Fountain production, which will officially open Feb. 26 and run through April 17, is presented in special arrangement with the Tennessee Williams estate. Stephen Sachs and Deborah Lawlor produce for the Fountain Theatre.

Simon Levy will direct a cast including Sandy Martin ("Big Love") as Bella McCorkle, James Harper (The Accomplices) as Cornelius McCorkle, Daniel Billet (Photograph 51) as Charlie, Virginia Newcomb ("Peacock") as Stacey, Lisa Richards (Sweet Bird of Youth) as Jessie Sykes, Robert Craighead ("The Bold & The Beautiful") as Emerson Sykes, as well as Kevin High, Chip Bent and Caroline Treadwell.

According to the Fountain: "While Williams often used drama to convey hope and desperation in human hearts, it's through this dark, expressionistic comedy that he ultimately expressed his vision of the fragile state of our world. Subtitled 'a Gothic comedy,' A House Not Meant to Stand brings us the blazingly dysfunctional McCorkle family in a fiercely funny, bitingly moving, turbo-charged tragicomedy that is at once searing, savage, and hilarious… The McCorkle’s crumbling house is a metaphor for contemporary society, while the characters are drawn from the Williams family: his father Cornelius, his aunt Belle, his paternal grandfather, and his brother Dakin."

The Fountain production will have set design by Jeff McLaughlin, lighting design by Ken Booth, costume design by Naila Aladdin-Sanders, sound design by Peter Bayne and fight choreography by Doug Lowry. For tickets phone (323) 663-1525 or visit FountainTheatre. The Fountain Theatre is located at 5060 Fountain Avenue in Los Angeles.

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