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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American Blues Theater presents a live radio-style performance of Frank Capra's holiday masterpiece on stage at Greenhouse Theater Center. This has been a holiday tradition in Chicago since 2002, and this year's performance once again features the original director and ensemble that have warmed hearts for many holiday seasons. Complete with live sound effects, an original score and a cast of eight wonderful actors who bring the typical small town of Bedford Falls to life on stage, It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! recreates a 1940s-era radio broadcast of the heartwarming tale of troubled George Bailey's Christmas Eve journey through his life history. The production includes holiday carols, live commercials from actual local sponsors, telegrams from the audience read on stage and a "Soldier Spotlight," which honors one serviceman or servicewoman during each performance. After the show, the entire audience is invited to join the cast and crew for milk and cookies. Learn More
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Featured review from Camille
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When a play is promoted as rarely produced there's probably a good reason for its obscurity. Although the acting was good, Candles to the Sun would benefit from some ruthless editing. Despite the excess of dialog and wispy tangents, few of the characters are fully developed as the play moves at a painfully slow pace. The first act itself was just over an hour and during the intermission I considered whether I really cared enough about the characters to see how things worked out. I did go back to see the end of the play but the resolution was predictable. I was relieved to be on my way home some 45 minutes later.
<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 Company
Eclipse 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.