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Suddenly Last Summer

CalArts School of Theater presents Suddenly Last Summer

Production includes Suzuki technique and gamelan music

Suzuki-trained director Kameron Steele (MFA Directing 14) incorporates live gamelan music, video and Suzuki stylized dance movement in a new production of Suddenly Last Summer, base on the play by Tennessee Williams. Suddenly Last Summer will run Thursday, April 11th through Saturday, April 13th at 8:00pm, with a Saturday, April 13th matinee at 2:00pm, and three additional performances Monday, April 15th, Tuesday, April 16th and Wednesday, April 17th, 2013, all at 8pm in Ensemble Theater 400 at CalArts. Admission is $10 for general admission and $2 for CalArts Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni. For reservations, please visit http://calarts.edu/calendar.

Suddenly Last Summer tells the story of Catherine Holly, who witnessed the death of her cousin, Sebastian Venable, while traveling with him in Europe. Her aunt Violet Venable, Sebastian’s mother, wants Catherine to receive a lobotomy.

“This production asks the following questions—what do each of us repress in ourselves?  How many steps are we away from psychosis or dissociative amnesia? And how close at our heels is the health establishment waiting to cash in on our misfortunes? says director Kameron Steele. “Ultimately, Suddenly Last Summer addresses the timeless and universal problem of family.  How far will a mother go to protect her dead son's good name? How badly will she neglect her daughter as punishment for perceived moral transgressions?”

Kameron Steele (Director) joined the Suzuki Company of Toga, Japan in 1991, where he has since worked as an actor and assistant director. Steele has also worked with Robert Wilson and the Watermill Center, where he founded The South Wing in 2003. Steele’s directorial work has since been seen in Belgium (STUK), Spain (Institut del Teatre), France (Begat Theatre), Mexico (Teatro Degollado), Argentina (Teatro Mendoza) and New York (HERE, PS122, The Public, LMCC, PRELUDE, Three Legged Dog, Chelsea Studios, Japan Society).  www.thesouthwing.org

Tennessee Williams was a playwright principally working in the American theater, although he also wrote screenplays, novels, poetry and memoirs. His professional career lasted from 1930s until his death; he won two Pulitzer Prizes and was nominated for four Tony Awards, winning one. Williams’ plays frequently allude to his sister Rose, who lived in an Institute for the remainder of her life after a lobotomy performed in her late 20s.

CalArts is unique in its multidisciplinary approach to studying the arts through its six related schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theatre.  CalArts encourages students to recognize and explore the complexity of the aesthetic, social and political aspects of the arts.  It is supported by its distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its BFA and MFA students with both the hands-on training and the engagement with the cultural community necessary for artists’ growth.  CalArts was founded in 1961—and opened in 1969—as the first institution of higher learning in the U.S. specifically for students interested in pursuing degrees in all areas of the visual and performing arts.  

Last edited by sgoforth on Apr 11, 2013
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