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The Two-Character Play by Tennessee Williams

Directed by Gene David Kirk

Jermyn Street Theatre

Tuesday 26 October to Saturday 20 November 2010

In the cast are Catherine Cusack (Clare) and Paul McEwan (Felice). It is directed by Gene David Kirk Artistic Director Jermyn Street Theatre, designed by Alice Walkling, with lighting and sound design by Phil Hewitt. It is produced by Jermyn Street Theatre through special arrangement with The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee.

The Two-Character Play was first seen in 1967 at Hampstead Theatre starring Peter Wyngarde and Mary Ure. It was titled ‘Out Cry’ for the Broadway season at the Lyceum Theatre in 1973. The last production in London was at the Lyric Hammersmith in 1997.

Felice and Clare are two actors on tour, they are also brother and sister. They find themselves deserted by their acting troupe in a decrepit “state theatre in an unknown state”. Faced by an audience expecting a performance, they enact The Two-Character Play, an illusion within an illusion. The play is partially autobiographical. Clare is loosely based on William’s sister Rose, and Felice on Williams himself.

Catherine Cusack’s recent credits include playing Judith in Edward Bond’s ‘Bingo’ with Patrick Stewart at Chichester Festival Theatre, as Goneril in ‘King Lear’ in Dublin and Irish tour, and in the title role in ‘Mary Stuart’ for the National Theatre of Scotland. Her film roles include as Sarah in ‘Finding Neverland’ with Kate Winslet and Johnny Depp. She played Frankie in ‘Ballykissangel’, the Award winning BBC TV series.

Paul McEwan has been in Lucy Bailey’s production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at The Royal Exchange Manchester. He has played for a season with the RSC including in Steven Pimlott’s production of ‘Richard II’ as Bushy/Exton. He was in ‘Decade’ at Theatre 503 earlier this year directed by Gene David Kirk. Paul McEwan’s TV roles include in the ITV series ‘Strictly Confidential’ with Suranne Jones and as PC Shane Doyle in ‘Emmerdale’.

Gene David Kirk’s recent credits include ‘Real Babies Don’t Cry’ by Stewart Permutt The Scotsman Fringe First Award 2010, ‘Coming Up For Air’ by George Orwell adapted by Dominic Cavendish at Trafalgar Studios and ‘Crooked Wood’ by Gillian Plowman at Jermyn Street.

The Two-Character Play is in memory of Corin Redgrave. The Gala Night will be on Thursday 18 November at 7.30pm in aid of Caged Prisoners and Outside Edge, charities that were supported by Corin Redgrave and Kika Markham. Tickets will be £35.00, which will include drinks in the interval and a post show drinks and canapé reception with the cast.

Mon-Sat 7.30pm, Sat mat 3.30pm Jermyn Street Theatre 16b Jermyn Street SW1 Y 6ST.
Box Office 020 7287 2875
Running time 1hr 45mins
Tickets £18.00, £14.00 concs.
Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus

4 October 2010