The Day on Which a Man Dies (2016) Provincetown, MA and Port Elizabeth, South Africa 2016

Tennessee Williams’ late 1950s text about an artist coming to the end of his images.

South Africa’s 2016 National Arts Festival presents Marcel Meyer as The OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMan, Jennifer Steyn as The Woman, directed by David Kaplan in the Abrahamse-Meyer Production of THE DAY ON WHICH A MAN DIES  from Cape Town, South Africa. Photos taken in performance by Ride Hamilton at the 10th Annual Tennessee Williams Theater Festival in Provincetown.

Tennessee’s letter to columnist Max Lerner during, and about, the
creation of SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH (1959),  around the same time as DAY ON WHICH:

 

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his fingers, his thumbs, and even, finally, a spray gun of primary colours. Act Two is written with that heavy brush, scalpel and spray-gun. Delicacy, allusiveness are thrown to the winds in writing, staging and performance.”

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Three Tall Women Hong Kong 2014

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三個高女人 Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning meditation on aging and identity at the Hong Kong Repertory Theater. Performed in Cantonese.

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What do you think, sitting in the audience? Does a brash 26 year old know what life is? Does a self-possessed 52 year-old? Does a failing 92 year-old?

What do you feel, watching in the audience? Is life something to laugh about? To cry about? To cry about while laughing?

Is a son who runs away from home and comes back to be forgiven?
There are as many answers to these questions as there are people in the audience: sitting, watching, listening, thinking, feeling.

This Pulitzer award-winning modern classic, by renowned American playwright Edward Albee, lifts up three tall women – and their audience – on a journey of life and death. Following his distinctive The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, veteran director David Kaplan (大衞•卡柏倫) from the U.S. is invited to return to direct the current production.

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The photo below was taken in performance. The room rose and rotated: the floor became the wall, so that the audience  might consider the comatose body floating in consciousness.

 

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A Tennessee Williams Songbook

Songs chosen by Tennessee WIlliams to be sung in his plays as counterpoint to his dialog.

Performed by Alison Fraser. Orchestrations by Alison Leyton-Brown. Photos by Ride Hamilton.

In a play written by Tennessee William,  music is the sound of paradise drifting in from around the corner, across the alley, from the room next door, the promise of love and happiness just out of reach, leading us on to believe in the possibility of love and harmony somewhere, if not where we are, listening in circumstances far removed from love or happiness.