Spotlight on the art4artillery Theatre Company performing at the Russell Industrial Center
1600 Clay Street
Detroit, MI 48211-1972/ Map
(313) 872-4000/ http://www.ricdetroit.org/
“All performances are FREE, Admission by donation. Our space at Russell Industrial Center is in Building 4 on the 3rd Floor (past Cave Studios). Russell Industrial Center is off Exit 54 on I-75, use the
Clay Street Entrance and the Bizarre Parking. When you enter off Clay Street Building 4 is the first door on your right (look for the Poster board). Elevator is available for those who need it,” Per informational flyer.
I recently watched ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ starring Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman and Burl Ives on video. It is a wonderful story and I enjoyed it immensely. Sadly they do not make movies like that anymore. When I learned about these upcoming performances I was very excited to share the information with my dampfang.com readers. ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ as well as other great theatrical classics will be given new life by a local cast of young talented actors. I’m informing my readers now so there will be plenty of time to plan for the event dates.
The following information was provided to me by Local actor and performance artist Kyle Holton. He is also the Founder and Producer of art4artillery Theatre Company;
“art4artillery Theatre Company is proud to announce its latest evolution in experimental new theatre being created in Detroit today, Hot Summer De(z)ire. The title derives from the combination of 3 of
Tennessee Williams incomparable works: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Suddenly, Last Summer; and Streetcar Named Desire.”
Tennessee Williams began his career as an American theatre prodigy in the early 1940s and is widely known among theatre makers and audience’s worldwide. His successes on Broadway have lead to
numerous international, local and cinematic adaptations of his award winning (Pulitzer Prizes for Streetcar and Cat in 1948 and 1955, respectively) works of tortured genius.
His personal success came with great personal sacrifice and his biography is a litany of what he considered to be a “continual contest with madness” (Williams from his 1975 Memoirs). His struggle with hisown homosexuality and mental instability resonates in many of his works. And he has written extensively about the consequences of desire (consequences that he, himself, felt very deeply).
Cat, Summer and Streetcar are connected through this central struggle between our unbridled passions and the expectations put into place by society, history, religion and tradition. Through interwoven
narrative, cross gender casting and dance our company is setting out to explore what Tennessee was trying to tell us about coming out and dealing with sexuality. He seems to be warning a collective social
conscious that desire is destruction, but in the war of black and white so much is left in a world of grey. How do we know when to trust our natural inclinations about sex? When does sexuality become
an instinct that transcends the individual and permeates every aspect of our realities?
Performances Dates are as follows:
Friday August 20th through and Sunday 22nd at 8:30 PM
Friday August 27th through ***Sunday August 29th at 8:30 PM ***
With a very special Preview on Thursday August 19th at 8:30 PM
***Saturday the 28th & Sunday the 29th is the Russell Industrial
Center’s People’s Art Festival***
Cat on a HOT Tin Roof
POLLITT, SR. (BIG DADDY): Joe Hamid
BRICK POLLITT: Rachel Elizabeth Porter
MARGARET POLLITT: Colin Patrick Mallory
MAE POLLITT: Annabelle Young
GOOPER POLLITT: Brian Tony Yacoo
DIXIE POLLITT: Rennie Marcella Pasquinelli
Suddenly, Last SUMMER
DR. CUKROWICZ: Stephen Xavier Church
MRS. VENABLE: Liz Linkewitz
CATHARINE HOLLY: Miekyle Turner
Streetcar Named DE(z)IRE
STANLEY KOWALSKI: Robbie Dwight
STELLA KOWALSKI: Zee Bricker
BLANCHE DUBOIS: Kyle Holton
HAROLD MITCHELL (MITCH): Steve Xander Carson
For addition information about our production, look at pictures of past productions and get on art4artillery’s mailing list at http://www.kyleholton.com
For more information about the Russell Industrial Center and the People’s Art Festival visit http://www.ricdetroit.org