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The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore

Q&A with Michael Wilson, Director of The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore

Posted on: January 6th, 2011 by Ted Sod Roundabouts Education Dramaturg

 

Michael Wilson, director of the upcoming The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, sits down with Roundabout's resident dramaturg, Ted Sod, to discuss this much-anticipated production.

Ted Sod: Why did you want to direct The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore?

Michael Wilson: Tennessee Williams is the reason I am in the theatre today.   Growing up in North Carolina, I always loved plays from the time I was introduced to them in pre-school.  It quickly became my preferred way of hearing a story.  Many people say they simply can’t read plays; they find them incomplete, or much less satisfying than prose.  But I have always loved reading dialogue, and imagining settings as described by playwrights in their stage directions.  For me, plays allow even more room for the imagination.  They demand for their reader to dream the behavior of their characters -- their dress, their movement, and the inflections in their speech – and conjure the action of the story.

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Tennessee Williams is one of the best-known American playwrights of the 20th Century, and in this centennial year of his birth, it seems fitting to bring you one of his most complex pieces of work. Over the years on Roundabout’s stages, you have seen everything from Williams’ early classics like A Streetcar Named Desire and The Glass Menagerie to the less-frequently-staged Suddenly Last Summer and The Night of the Iguana. Through these productions, you’ve had an opportunity to truly get to know this complicated playwright, which I think makes you the ideal audience for Milk Train, a thorny, rarely-produced Williams gem. Michael Wilson, this production’s director, spent ten years bringing the plays of Williams to his audience at Hartford Stage Company, knowing that Williams is a playwright to be savored, one who evolved a great deal throughout his career. Although he would continue to tackle certain themes and characters, much changed in Williams’ life, and in the world, between his first success with The Glass Menagerie in 1945 and the first production of Milk Train eighteen years later. Knowing his work so well now, I think you are ready to embrace a play from that later, more multifaceted period.

Milk Train tells the story of Flora Goforth, an aging Southern lady who, after six husbands and a life of wealth and adventure, is hiding out on the coast of Italy in her secluded villa, writing her memoirs and ignoring her own illness. Flora is a late addition to Williams’ collection of ferocious Southern women, in the tradition of Amanda Wingfield and Blanche DuBois. But unlike those ladies, Flora isn’t in the midst of battle with a tough day-to-day existence – she’s struggling with facing the end of her life head-on.

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Roundabout RoundUp: Week of November 8, 2010

Posted on: November 12th, 2010 by Roundabout

 

Curtis Billings, Edward Hibbert, Darren Pettie will join Olympia Dukakis in Milk Train

"Complete casting has been announced for Roundabout Theatre Company's new winter 2011 production of Tennessee Williams' The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, starring Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis. Directed by Michael Wilson, this production — to play Roundabout's Laura Pels Theatre Jan. 7-April 3, 2011 — premiered in May 2008 at Hartford Stage. It was the culmination of Wilson's ten-year project on the work of Tennessee Williams." - Playbill.com

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2010-2011 Season, Anything Goes, Mrs. Warren's Profession, Roundabout Roundup, The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore


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