From the Archive: Tennessee Williams and Roundabout

Posted on: January 12th, 2011 by Tiffany Nixon

The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, Tennessee Williams’ play set in a remote Italian town, centers on Mrs. Flora Goforth, an acerbic, oft-married, woman-of-the-world who, faced with death, recalls her life’s story to the much-younger Christopher Flanders, a man caught trespassing on her estate.

One of Williams’ lesser known plays, Roundabout is pleased to breathe new life into it with an inspired performance by Olympia Dukakis (in previews at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre/Laura Pels Theatre).

Tennessee Williams is certainly no stranger to Roundabout Theatre Company.  Over the past 35 years we have revived Williams’ plays seven times, most recently The Glass Menagerie, starring Judith Ivey, Patch Darragh, Keira Keeley, and Michael Mosely.

Judith Ivey in The Glass Menagerie. Photo credit: Joan Marcus, 2010. Roundabout Theatre Company Archives.

Our first Williams’ staging was Summer and Smoke, which opened September 16, 1975 with set designs by Roger Mooney and costumes by A. Christina Giannini:

Cover of playbill for Roundabout's 1975 production of Summer and Smoke. Roundabout Theatre Company Archives.

followed by The Glass Menagerie (1994);

Calista Flockhart and Julie Harris in the 1994 production of The Glass Menagerie. Photo credit: C. Rosegg, 1994. Roundabout Theatre Company Archives.

Summer and Smoke (1996);

Mary McDonnell and Harry Hamlin in Summer and Smoke. Photo credit: Joan Marcus, 1996. Roundabout Theatre Company Archives.

The Night of the Iguana (1996);

William Petersen and Cherry Jones in The Night of the Iguana. Photo credit: Joan Marcus, 1996. Roundabout Theatre Company Archives.

A Streetcar Named Desire (2004), starring the late Natasha Richardson, with lovely costumes by William Ivey Long;

Natasha Richardson and Amy Ryan in A Streetcar Named Desire. Photo credit: Joan Marcus, 2005. Roundabout Theatre Company Archives.

And Suddenly Last Summer (2006).

Blythe Danner in Suddenly Last Summer. Photo credit: Joan Marcus, 2006. Roundabout Theatre Company Archives.

Roundabout’s commitment to classic revivals has been at the core of our mission since opening our doors in 1965.  With hundreds of productions to our credit Roundabout’s institutional archives are a significant repository of unique production-related materials, materials which document our contribution to and place in NY theatre history.

The Roundabout Theatre Company Archives are made possible by a generous grant from the Leon Levy Foundation.

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2010-2011 Season, Roundabout Archive, The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore

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