Tennessee Williams' First Full-Length Play, Candles to the Sun
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Set in a fictional Indiana town during the Great Depression, Jim Leonard Jr.'s moving drama focuses on the friendship between an ex-preacher from Kentucky and a disturbed young boy. The boy -- deeply traumatized by a near-drowning in his past that led to the death of his mother -- is now terrified of water, but also gifted with the ability to divine its location. As the bond between these two grows, the preacher works with the boy to overcome his crippling fear of water. And when the townspeople, desperate for a spiritual leader, mistake an eventual bathing for a baptism, their confusion leads to some significant consequences in The Diviners. Learn More
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It is wonderful to see the early work of a master like Ten. Williams. The production is well acted and done with integrity. The set was an effective use of the space. All that being said, it is not his greatest play by far. One can see the foreshadowing of future themes about the lives of women and downtrodden. But, there are scenes that are too long, and the play covers too many events and years. Also, there was difficulty with the lighting on the night we were there. In
All, we would say, Go see it. It is worthwhile.
The Celebration Series, Eclipse Theatre Company’s two-year celebration of the first ten playwrights featured by Eclipse, begins by honoring the life and work of 1999 featured playwright Tennessee Williams with the Chicago premiere of “Candles to the Sun,” the first full-length play he wrote before Thomas Lanier Williams became famous as “Tennessee.”
Set during the Great Depression in Alabama’s Red Hills coal mining region, “Candles to the Sun” paints a portrait of the bleak lives of the miners’ families and their attempts to unionize. Recent Jeff-award winning director Steven Fedoruk (who directed Eclipse’s hit “Blues for an Alabama Sky”) will return to direct Williams’s rarely produced piece.
About the Ticket Supplier: Eclipse Theatre CompanyEclipse Theatre Company chooses one playwright per season and focuses on the works of that playwright only. Through this total immersion in a specific playwright's world, the ensemble gains a thorough understanding of that playwright and the circumstances of his/her writing in order to bring a more concentrated and literate representation of that playwright to the audience.
Playwrights who have written more than three plays are eligible for consideration, as well as playwrights who have shown a definite range of growth throughout their careers. On deciding which plays to perform, a great factor is the challenge that the piece presents to the ensemble and its audience.
Since the inception of the one playwright-one season mission in 1997, playwrights that have been featured with Eclipse include French Playwright Jean Cocteau; Legendary American Playwrights Tennessee Williams, Lillian Hellman and Neil Simon, New York Playwrights Romulus Linney and John Guare, and Chicago native Keith Reddin.