• Kevin Broccoli

Epic Kicks Off New Year With A Classic

Epic Theatre Company is continuing its tradition of producing modern masterpieces in innovative and exciting new ways this January with Suddenly Last Summer by Tennessee Williams. The Gothic drama is an underrated gem with searing characterizations that careen toward an unforgettable ending.


“My first time seeing this play was in a space only a little larger than our theater," says Epic Artistic Director Kevin Broccoli, "We always try to find titles for January that aren't produced as frequently as others, and I remembered how effective Suddenly Last Summer was in that intimate space all those years ago. I feel very strongly that the close quarters combined with Williams' portrayal of a mind coming undone would make for a stunning piece of theater."


Suddenly Last Summer begins after the death of a handsome young man away on holiday. The only witness to it was his cousin, who seems to be coming apart after the trauma of watching her relative's demise. As his Southern stalwart of a mother continues to demand the truth about what happened to her son, Catherine, his cousin, finds herself pressured to reveal a dark family secret that might bring them all to their knees.


“As we move forward with this year's examination of the Power of the Truth, it's fitting that we wanted to present a show where the truth comes with unimaginable consequences," says Broccoli, "We nearly called this season 'The Cost of Change,' but I thought it sounded too monetary, so instead we went with something more general, but make no mistake--the shows in the second half of our season are all about how you pay for the change you bring about. It's not a warning to keep the status quo, but it is asking what we're willing to risk to do the right thing."


Suddenly Last Summer runs January 10th - 25th at the Artists’ Exchange located at 50 Rolfe Square in Cranston, Rhode Island.


Tickets are $10 - $20 and can be purchased by going to https://www.artists-exchange.org/events


SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER


Written by Tennessee Williams


Directed by Geoff Leatham


Featuring


Becky Minard

Betsy Rinaldi

Alvaro Beltran

Nick D'Amico

Paula Glen

Carolyn Coughlin

Michelle Smith Mania


Stage Manager: Rebecca Mooney

Epic Production Manager: Samantha Gaus

Epic General Manager: Megan Ruggiero

Sound Design: Theodore Clement

Epic Operations Manager: Kerry Giorgi

Epic Technical Director: Alexander Sprague

Artistic Associates: Alvaro Beltran, Angelique Dina,

Korey Pimentel, Melanie Stone

Poster Design: Jeremy Alan Fitzgerald

Resident Photographers: Dave Cantelli and Samantha Gaus


Performances


Friday, January 10th @ 8pm

Saturday, January 11th @ 8pm

Sunday, January 12th @ 3pm


Friday, January 17th @ 8pm

Saturday, January 18th @ 8pm


Friday, January 24th @ 8pm

Saturday, January 25th @ 8pm


All performances at 50 Rolfe Square, Cranston RI


Tickets: $20 General Admission, $15 Seniors, $10 Students


Ticket Link: https://www.artists-exchange.org/events


*Presented with Special Permission by Dramatists Play Service


*Epic Theatre Company seeks to bring provocative contemporary work to Rhode Island as well as new perspectives on classical theater. We strive to continue the tradition of "event" theater, where each production has built-in excitement both for the audience and the artists involved.


**Epic is a proud member of the Rhode Island Theater Alliance (RITA) and is the Resident Theater Company at the Artists Exchange in Cranston, RI.


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