Battle of Angels, Tennessee Williams first major play, receives triumphant staging at AllWays Theatre…NOLA.com
The AllWays Lounge & Theatre’s season continues with Tennessee Williams’ controversial first produced work, Battle of Angels, starring Veronica Russell, Diana Shortez and Eli Grove and directed by Glenn Mech. As in its later and substantially re-written version (entitled ORPHEUS DESCENDING), BATTLE OF ANGELS deals with the arrival of a virile young drifter, Val Xavier, in a sleepy, small town in rural Mississippi. He takes a job in the dry goods store run by a love-starved woman whose husband lies dying upstairs, and his smoldering animal magnetism soon draws out her latent sexual passion. As it must, their liaison sets tongues wagging and invokes the scorn and jealousy of the townspeople, male and female alike. And, as the play probes ever more deeply and poignantly into the troubled psyches of its protagonists, a sense of inevitable tragedy grows, leading on to a denouement of overwhelming and chilling intensity. It is Williams’ first exploration of his great themes of remorse and redemption.
Rebecca Rae, Nicole Gruter, John Speed, Lilian Claire Dodenhoff, Barry Bradford, Rebecca Meyers, Patricia Rose & Doug Barden
The Allways first season concludes in May with the revival of the 2007 Backyard Ballroom hit original musical Crimes Against Nature: A Love Story.
Book by Otter with music by Ratty Scurvics & direction by Dennis Monn.