Philip Dawkins is the author of The Gentleman Caller.
Philip Dawkins is the author of The Gentleman Caller.
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Abingdon Theatre Company will present Philip Dawkins's new play The Gentleman Caller, under the direction of Tony Speciale. The limited engagement at the Cherry Lane Theatre runs May 5-26, replacing the previously scheduled production of Dave Solomon's Margaret and Craig, starring Mario Cantone.

Although now regarded as two of history's finest American playwrights, back in 1944, William Inge and Tennessee Williams hadn't yet experienced anything close to success. The Gentleman Caller takes us back in time, before the Chicago premiere of The Glass Menagerie. Inge, a dissatisfied newspaper critic, invites Williams to his St. Louis apartment for an interview. This sexy, fraught rendezvous sparks a relationship that radically alters the course of their lives and the American Theatre.

Casting and creative team will be announced.