Tennessee Williams' First Full-Length Play, Candles to the Sun
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The last date listed for Candles to the Sun was Friday April 25, 2008 / 8:00pm.
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Albert is an ex-con trying to build a better life for himself after some time spent unjustly imprisoned. Bitter and isolated, Albert's finally able to see a bit of light at the end of the tunnel when he finds a job working alongside his niece at Contrapasso's book restoration shop. Sure, some things certainly seem amiss at Contrapasso's, but Albert knows not to ask too many questions, and is happy to look the other way. That is, until it becomes clear that his new boss is a murderer. And when the police suspect Albert of the crimes, he'll have to prove his innocence by any means necessary. MadKap Productions' presentation of Corpus Delicti marks the world premiere of this tale of poetic justice from Chicago playwright David Alex. Learn More
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Featured review from VeronikaRed Velvet
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It was thrilling to see a play that has not been staged in 70 years. Overall, I really enjoyed the evening. I did think that the energy level was perhaps a bit uneven throughout and that the handsome fellow playing Red was a bit stiff, literally. He moved as if he had a sore back.
Those trifles aside, I would recommend the show to others. Thanks for bringing this show back to the stage!
<p>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.”</p>
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.</p>
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.