Suddenly Last Summerby Tennessee Williams
directed by Jodie Markell
starring Dana Ivey and Robert Bogue
One Show OnlyStaged Reading
This Williams one-act play is in the form of a crime story told by a traumatized young girl. A handsome doctor, tempted by a rich woman who might fund his research, must decide who to side with: the witness or her hostile listeners. To create the offstage poet-hero of the story Williams combined images of Orpheus in hell along with Hart Crane and his domineering mother. A reading of the text will be staged by Jodie Markell, the director of the recently released film written by Williams : “The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond.”
Audiences can look forward to a stellar cast, including the Obie Award-winning actress, Dana Ivey as Mrs. Venable, plus Broadway and television veteran Robert Bogue as Dr. Cukrowicz... roles made famous in the film by Katharine Hepburn and Montgomery Clift.
Dana Ivey is familiar to film audiences through her many supporting roles in such high-profile films as The Color Purple and Sleepless in Seattle. She is very well-known to theater audiences through her many highly acclaimed and award-winning performances, including Tennessee Williams’ Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie at Williamstown, Big Mama in Cat On a Hot Tin Roof at Kennedy Center, and Mrs. Warren in Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession.
Robert Bogue has appeared on Broadway in Three Sisters and in the Olivier Award-winning production of Burning Blue in London's West End.
Fans will recognize Bogue as A. C. Mallet from “Guiding Light” -- a role he played from 2007 until the soap ended in 2009. Bogue has made several television appearances on hit series including the recurring role of prisoner Jason Cramer on "Oz."
Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, filmmaker and actress Jodie Markell has been discovering and rediscovering Tennessee Williams for a long time. She studied theater from an early age and moved to New York to study at Circle-in-the-Square Theater. She helped rediscover the Tennessee Williams' play Confessional, and produced it as a New York premiere.
As an actress, she received the OBIE award for Sophie Treadwell's Machinal, and as a filmmaker she received the Lumiere Award and the Moviemaker Magazine Breakthrough Award for her short film “Why I Live at the P.O.,” based on Eudora Welty's classic story.
Markell helped rediscover a never before produced Tennessee Williams’ film script and made her feature film directing debut with “Loss of a Teardrop Diamond” in 2009. The LA Times praised it as a “A film to savor. Rich in ways that are all too rare these days.”