Chemainus Theatre Festival treats audiences with a rare Tennessee Williams tale: A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur.
CHEMAINUS, BC – This Fall, The Chemainus Theatre Festival presents a rarely produced dramatic comedy by Tennessee Williams. A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur is a story of bittersweet redemption, written with rich symbolism and witty dialogue that has been called “sweet, honest, compassionate, different and totally enjoyable.” The show runs September 9 through 24, andtickets are available now at 1-800-565-7738 or chemainustheatre.ca.
The one-act play with two scenes takes place in a cramped, mid-1930s St. Louis apartment. Southern belle schoolteacher, Dottie, is awaiting a call from her Prince Charming (who also happens to be her boss, the high school principal). She is sure his imminent proposal of marriage, given their recent romantic tryst, will change her life – and boost in her social class. However, Dottie’s friends have evidence that her plan to escape single womanhood is a delusion. Eager to help, her dishevelled but good-hearted roommate Bodey attempts to set a love match in motion with her portly, cigar-chomping twin brother. That’s if Dottie’s snooty colleague Helena – always the cheerful bearer of bad news – doesn’t complicate matters with an uptown offer that may be too fashionable to refuse. Dottie has some decisions to make about her future, and all before this Sunday’s picnic in Creve Coeur Park.
A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur is one of Williams’ lesser-known (and final) works, written in 1978. While relatable in theme to his first success, The Glass Menagerie, the story he debuted 35 years later offers a kinder look at the subjects of a dominating matriarch, a wounded heroine, and foolish romantic dreams. The play has received new appreciation in recent years by theatre companies and directors.
Director Sarah Rodgers explains, “Williams’ explores the concept of “creve coeur”, a French term for “broken heart”, or even more accurately a burst heart as the word creve is often used to describe a puncture – like a tire being burst by a fierce puncture. The heroine in ‘A lovely Sunday’ like so many women in Williams plays holds on to a hope for love and sweet romance against the obstacle of class and poverty. There is an underlying sense of tragedy and desperation while Williams’s sweet wit and humour deliciously bubbles out of these beautiful ever hopeful women.’
Taking the audience through the slapstick scenes, with great sincerity, are four talented comedians. Stacie Steadman plays Dottie the high-strung dreamer who is making due and making plans as she deals with such discomforts as overflowing toilets, tiny living space – and howling Germans (the gloomy Miss Gluck, played by Randi Edmundson). Erin Ormond plays Bodey, a sensitive and uplifting sidekick who shares the too-small apartment. Kaitlin Williams plays Helena, the uptight woman with an agenda, whom it’s just plain fun to hate.
Behind the scenes of A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur the production team includes: set designer Amanda Larder, costume designer Crystal Hanson, lighting designer Marsha Sibthorpe, stage manager Lisa Russell, and apprentice stage manager Alana Freistadt.
To enjoy this distinct and entertaining show, playing September 9 through 24, reserve evening or matinee tickets for A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur by calling the Box Office at 1-800-565-7738, or online at chemainustheatre.ca.
Show enhancements are available, and include: free “talk-backs” with the cast and crew following Wednesday performances (where more information about the author and production are revealed); a special show-themed dinner add-on in the contemporary Playbill Dining Room (featuring an impressive hot buffet, fresh salad bar, and tempting desserts); a full “Getaway” package at the Best Western Plus Chemainus Inn (which includes accommodations, show dinner, deluxe breakfast buffet, use of the indoor mineral pool, hot tub and fitness centre).
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