Beginning November 2, Tennessee Williams' rarely-produced one acts Moony’s Kid Don’t Cry, The Lady of Larkspur Lotion, The Case of the Crushed Petunias, and Hello From Bertha take the stage at Off-Broadway's Theatre Row. Merciful Delusions Productions presents the works which are all directed by Tony nominee Lorraine Serabian through November 12 in Theatre 1.
Starring are Elizabeth Bove, JR Carter, Elena Clark, Josh Freed, Marie-Claire Giraud, Steven J. Harris, Janelle (Jyan) Jung, Michelle Oppedisano, Aurora Quintard, Martin Riofrio, and Joey Welsh, as well as AEA members Letty Ferrer, Nicole Gut, and Natalie Neckyfarow.
Gut, who founded Merciful Delusions, plays Bertha in Hello From Bertha, and also serves as producer for all four shows which share an exploration of "delusions of grandeur." “Tennessee Williams gives an actor and director so much juicy stuff to work with between character, dialogue, and emotion. He just understood what it was like to be down and out. The theme of delusions runs through all his works, and many of his characters. He writes so empathetically, so mercifully," said Gut in a statement.
This is the company's fifth production of Tennessee Williams' works, and Serabian's fifth time collaborating with Gut to direct Merciful Delusions' productions of Tennessee Williams.
Serabian originated the role of “The Leader” in Hal Prince’s Zorba on Broadway, earning her a Tony nomination for her performance. She also won the Helen Hayes Award for Show Me Where the Good Times Are, as well as a Helen Hayes nomination for Lucky Stiff.
This event is an Actors Equity Association (AEA) showcase.
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