By Tennessee Williams
“A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur” was written in 1975 - eight years before Tennessee Williams left the world under ridiculous circumstances in a New York hotel. As is usually the case with great authors, he seemed to be writing the same play over and over. And in it his basic philosophical themes and his tender sympathy for those romantics who find it difficult to adapt to a pragmatic being flare ever brighter. His Blanche from A Streetcar Named Desire, Laura from The Glass Menagerie, Hannah from The Night of the Iguana seem to continually reincarnate themselves into each successive female character. This is also the case with Dorothea - naively devoted to a non-existent love. Through the plot of "A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur," Williams focuses the attention on one morning and the meeting of four women. With comic irony and great tenderness, he deftly explores the nightmare of loneliness, the need for human connection, and the inevitable compromises one must make to get through "life's long race." All four of the play's female protagonists are quintessential Tennessee Williams' alchemy of characters and the haunting scent of a withered rose swept away into the hopeless and fast-approaching sunset of romance.
For me, immersing myself in the sensually ironic world of Tennessee Williams is always a risky creative adventure. Despite clear bearings, there's always a risk of a wave tossing you onto an unfamiliar shore. Despite my experience, each time I gently and even timidly open the door to Williams' labyrinth - that alchemy of suffering, irony, vitality, and sometimes dark humor. But the effort is worth it - for the sake of passing through the portal of a stunning talent.
Premiere: 4 & 5 May 2022
Duration: 1 h. 40 min., without intermission