Tennessee Williams' Timeless Love Story The Rose Tattoo
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The Actors Theatre of San Francisco presents The Rose Tattoo by Pulitzer Prize winning dramatist, Tennessee Williams. Known as his “love play to the world,” the plot revolves around the reignited passion of a Sicilian seamstress named Serafina, whose love, grief, and anger know no bounds. Serafina retreats to the safe haven of memories after the death of her husband, but when these memories are shattered by a horrible truth, the widow finds comfort in a truck driver who reminds her of her lost love. Living in a small immigrant town on the coast, Serafina struggles to come to terms with her own awakening desire, as well as that of her 15-year-old daughter, whom she can no longer shelter from the perils of love.
This ATSF production will feature a memorable ensemble of actors, including Maggie de Vera as Serafina, Edward Donlin as Mangiacavallo, Jessica Coghill as Rosa and Duncan Phillips as Jack. Additional cast members include James Baldock, Giancarlo Campagna, Sam Gabel, Malinda Hackett, John Krause, Lisa Lennox, Irma Oliva-Ansa, Concetta Sava-Cerny, Antonella Soldaini, and Phaedra Starr.
About the Playwright:
Considered one of the greatest American playwrights, Tennessee Williams was born Thomas Lanier Williams on March 26, 1911, in Columbus, Mississippi. Williams, whose very first published story appeared in the magazine Weird Tales in 1928, attended the University of Missouri, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Iowa where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1938. In 1940 Williams’ first major production, Battle of Angels, opened in Boston, but the play was a failure and was quickly withdrawn. However, Williams did not have to wait long for success. The Glass Menagerie, which was initially staged in 1944 in Chicago and then ran for 561 performances in New York City, won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and established the playwright’s reputation. In 1947 A Streetcar Named Desire was an even greater success, winning another Drama Critics Circle Award, as well as a Pulitzer Prize. Williams then entered a prolific stage of his career, and over a period of a decade and a half, produced a new play every couple of years. These include Summer and Smoke (1947), The Rose Tattoo (1951), Camino Real (1953), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955; won a Pulitzer Prize), Orpheus Descending (1957; revised version of Battle of Angels), Garden District (1958; which became Suddenly Last Summer, 1964), and The Night of the Iguana (1961). Williams continued to produce plays throughout his life and published three volumes of short stories, two novels, a memoir, and numerous essays. He died on February 24, 1983, in New York City.