Period of Adjustmentby Tennessee Williams
A "serious comedy," this light-hearted Christmastime play strikes a charming balance between loss and hope, and suggests that even after years of inner troubles, the gift of wistful optimism is still within reach.
directed by Michael Unger
Wellfleet Harbor Actors TheaterWellfleet, MA
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"Mr. Williams' characters are shrewdly observed... His latest play is shot through with felicitous moments."
— Howard Taubman, The New York Times
About the Play
This two-act comedy by Williams, which came to Broadway in November 1960, could be said to be lost in plain sight.
Two couples come together on Christmas Eve to celebrate a friendship born of wartime. George, who shakes from post-traumatic stress, has just gotten married to his nurse, Isabel. The newlyweds have come to visit Ralph and his wife Dorothy, who squabble in a suburban housing development built over a widening crack in the earth.
Williams plays along with the formulaic stylings of Broadway comedies in order to sabotage them. The 'period of adjustment' refers to the play's honeymoon and marriage, but also to the impending changes in Williams' subsequent writing.
About the Production
The production, based on the critically acclaimed 2006 adaptation from London's Almeida Theatre, comes to the Festival from neighboring Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT) and is directed by Michael Unger.
In the Cape Cod Times review of the show, Deebie Forman writes that "Unger's direction is sharp... insightfully drawing on Williams' universal references to marital misunderstanding."
(read the full review here)
In the Barnstable Patriot review, Bethany Gibbons calls it "a flawless production of a curious, captivating show... excellent entertainment."
(read the full review here)
About the Cast
Alyssa H. Chase (Dorothea), a native of Mattapoisett, MA, is thrilled to be back on the Cape joining WHAT in their 30th Season! Credits include Don't Dress for Dinner (The Theater Barn in New Lebanon, NY), The Greenhouse (Gallery Players), All in the Timing (ReniGraef Prods), Muffin Man (NY Fringe Fest) and many films, TV and commercials (including the feature Whispers in the Dark at Lincoln Center's NY Film Fest). Alyssa will be featured later this year on the final season of Boardwalk Empire. Smith College and AMDA graduate. www.alyssahchase.com
James Ludwig (Ralph) is thrilled to make his debut at WHAT with this lovely company! Recent credits include: BROADWAY: Spamalot (original cast), Little Shop of Horrors. OFF-BROADWAY: Two Point Oh, Blue Man Group, Bubbly Black Girl... (Playwrights Horizons), De La Guarda, john & jen (original cast). TOURS: Spamalot (Las Vegas), 101 Dalmatians (1st Nat’l). REGIONAL: Raisin Cycle (Baltimore CenterStage); God of Carnage, Ctrl+Alt+Delete (George Street); A Man's a Man (Arena Stage); A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre); Birthday Boy (Berkshire Theatre); The Full Monty, Same Time Next Year (Theatre Aspen). FILM/TV: News to Me, Lipstick Jungle, Chappelle’s Show, Ghost Town, Law & Order. James is the Owner of Back40 Films, which produces the wildly popular show The Happy Hour Guys (thehappyhourguys.com). EDUCATION: B.A., University of Michigan (Go Blue!); MFA, University of Washington. Proud Actors' Equity Member & National Councilor. Best gig ever: Husband to KB.