La MaMa in Association with the Department of Performing Arts of Pace University presents in honor of the centennial of Tennessee Williams' birth an evening of his seldom produced one act plays. These productions will be brought to life by Pace University's Performing Arts students, alumni and faculty.
And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens is the first known Tennessee Williams play set in the gay world. It is the story of a New Orleans transvestite trying to make a life for herself with a brutish and exploitative sailor while suffering from "the specter of loneliness." It is a funny and touching play written in 1957 and first produced in 2004.
In The Remarkable Rooming House of Mme Le Monde a mysteriously paralyzed man moves around his attic by swinging from hooks as he prepares for the arrival of his old friend. Teatime turns into torment and takes a bizarre route of disorientation and distortion. Written late in his life this savage comedy is set in a seedy attic in London and highlights author's experiments with anti-mimetic dramaturgy, dramatic allegories, and comic horror.
In The Pink Bedroom the beauty of monogamy lies in the choice- it is a mutually agreed upon commitment of fidelity that rivals animal instinct to follow our desires freely. The Pink Bedroom elicits a moment between lovers wrestling with their intimate decisions. In this retelling the attitudes toward conventional roles are influenced by gender and gender identity ultimately defining our constructs between sexuality and emotionality it is an exploration of the possibilities that are eliminated when entering contrived social contracts. The Pink Bedroom is an unraveling of choices made when fidelity fails to accommodate all it promised and infidelity prevails.