Brownstone, a Dramatic Comedy, from Laguna Playhouse
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Over the course of one sultry evening, a prominent Southern family is pushed to the brink when tender memories are relived and life-altering secrets are revealed. Wealthy plantation owner Big Daddy's family has gathered to celebrate his 65th birthday, while sparing him the news that he's dying of cancer. As one son, a former football hero, mysteriously retreats from his desirable but sexually frustrated wife, his money-hungry brother and sister-in-law plot to secure more than their fair share of the family fortune. This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by American icon Tennessee Williams sizzles with passion and greed. Learn More
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“A satisfying theatrical experience…what brings the play fully to life is the carefully crafted acting of each character working with lines humorous and bittersweet.” —Backstage
“You have to admire the ingenious ways in which the playwright connects her stories and her quick-sketch talents for character creation.” —Orange County Register
“Catherine Butterfield pulls off the formidable challenge of writing and directing three engrossing plays in one… Laguna Playhouse deserves credit for commissioning this one.” —LA City Beat
The Laguna Playhouse is proud to present the World Premiere of Brownstone, a dramatic comedy by award-winning playwright Catherine Butterfield at Laguna Playhouse’s Moulton Theater. The production was commissioned by The Laguna Playhouse and is directed by Butterfield.
As the saying goes, “if only these walls could talk,” and in Catherine Butterfield’s imaginative new play they do! Set in a Manhattan brownstone, this play spans three contrasting eras and plays host to three very different sets of occupants. There’s the pampered rich young couple of the 1930s, eager for adventure in Paris. There are the starry-eyed aspiring actresses of the 1970s and the chillingly self-absorbed “power couple” of the new millennium. They all have dreams, but as events unfold they must learn to ride the shifting waves of fortune. These walls have stories – funny, tragic and mysteriously linked. _Brownstone _is by the author of The Playhouse’s hit comedy, The Sleeper.
“This nice thing about directing your own play is that you have a good idea of what you want to see on stage,” says Butterfield. “I used to write plays I could play a role in, but this is the first play I have written that I could not play any role. I remember I had a discussion with a theater professor, and he said why you don’t write something for a younger person, so I thought I’d try it. The play has themes of lost illusions and the disappointments of age. It’s kind of a memory piece in a way, a bittersweet dramatic comedy.”