SEPTEMBER 21 - 24, 2017

Performances

September 2010


Doug Tompos in Bent to the Flame - A Night with Tennessee Williams

Bent to the Flame

by Doug Tompos
with material from Hart Crane
and Tennessee Williams
directed by Michael Michetti

Fugitive Productions

Los Angeles, California

"What attracts can also destroy..."

 

Doug Tompos as Tennessee Williams in Bent to the Flame

Although Tennessee Williams never met the poet Hart Crane, his devotion to Crane and his poetry was one of the deepest of his life. Set in 1945, Bent to the Flame depicts a young Williams following the opening of his first Broadway success, The Glass Menagerie.

Suffering from a debilitating writers' block, Williams struggles to regain his inspiration through Crane's poetry and, ultimately, find the courage to continue work on what would become A Streetcar Named Desire.
 
Winner of the award for “Outstanding Solo Show” at the 2007 NY International Fringe Festival, this provocative and intimate portrayal offers a unique glimpse into the heart of Williams – the desires and demons that shaped him, and the muse who inspired yet nearly destroyed him.

 

 

 

 

“A PITCH-PERFECT PORTRAYAL” - New Orleans Times-Picayune
 
“TOMPOS COMES SO CLOSE TO WILLIAMS’ ESSENCE THAT IT IS NOTHING SHORT OF ASTOUNDING!” - Theatermania

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