This production is made possible by a generous grant from the New Orleans Theatre Association
Summer and Smoke is Tennessee Williams’ devastating and glorious drama about things that could have been and the things that might never come again. Alma Winemiller is a minister’s daughter who grew up too fast in the shadow of the church and with the responsibility of caring for her demented mother. She pined for the uninhibited, passionate boy next door all through her youth, and now he’s returned to his hometown…and the torch Alma holds for him has never burned more brightly. Will her own fire consume her, or will she be smothered by the expectations and repression she’s grown so used to? And what if he’s not still there when she comes around? Will his heat be nothing but smoking cinders come autumn?
DIRECTED BY AUGUSTIN J CORRERO
Premium Reserved Seating Tickets Now Available
*Guaranteed premium reserved seating together in the front section of the Marigny Opera House
INTRODUCING PREMIUM RESERVED SEATING
TWTC is excited to announce our Premium Reserved Seating (PRS) for the general public. What does this mean? Purchasers of our Premium Reserved Seating at TWTC shows will enjoy reserved seating with an excellent view.
All of our productions are general admission, so seats are first come first served. A Premium Reserved Seat upgrade means you can arrive up to 5 minutes before show time and be guaranteed a great spot together.
Please note: if your ticket order is split between (PRS) and regular General Admission, only (PRS) purchases will be reserved and seated together. For example, if you have two (PRS) and one student, only the two (PRS) are set aside. You would need to buy three (PRS) for everyone in your order to be set aside together. There are only a limited number of (PRS) tickets available for each performance.
In March of 2020, TWTC was a week away from opening an ambitious and bold production of Williams' In The Bar of a Tokyo Hotel, when we had to abruptly cancel our first production ever due to the pandemic. We worked hard behind the scenes to shift gears and buckle down. Fast forward to August of 2021, we were fully cast/staffed, ready to go, and had to once again make the difficult call to postpone our September 2021 re-opening due to the height of the Covid-19 Delta Surge in New Orleans and nationwide. It has been a long and winding path, but we have good news. We have not thrown in the towel. Not in the least.
We are excited to announce our grand return this coming spring of 2022. We will begin a brand new season that begins in the spring, continuing with our blockbuster summer show and finishing our season in the fall of 2022.
Behind the scenes, we've taken advantage of the time not being able to produce to restructure and streamline operations. This coming season will focus on returning with more immersive evocative experiences our audiences have come to expect, re-establishing relationships, the wellness of our artists and designers, and continuing to focus on our mission of honoring Tennessee Williams and New Orleans. Get ready. We are!
In his lifetime, Tennessee Williams prohibited his plays from being performed in segregated venues.
Decades later, American society continues to fall short in regards to its treatment of all people as equal.
Today, TWTC stands firmly in solidarity with our Black community and the Black incredible artists and audiences that make New Orleans one of the most culturally vibrant cities in the country.
At its best, theatre holds a mirror up to society and asks us each to see ourselves in the lives, wishes, needs and desires of other people. It challenges us to acknowledge and accept our interdependence upon one another. It shines a light on the human heart and aims to teach us how to solve problems of the heart and collective spirit. It infuses our hearts and minds with empathy. It reminds us of our shared humanity. It makes us look on those things we don’t want to see but that holds us back and might harm others...or ourselves.
Systemic racism is our national disease and we are committed to doing our part to make way for and create opportunities to include Black voices to be heard.
Augustin J Correro
Founding Co-Artistic Directors
Tennessee Williams Theatre Company Joins Loyola University New Orleans in Professional Residency
Exciting new partnership brings performances to Loyola
(NEW ORLEANS – March 29, 2019) The Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans is officially in residence at Loyola University New Orleans! Based in the city that Williams called his home and his inspiration, the Tennessee Williams Theatre Company is the only professional theatre company in the U.S. committed solely to producing plays with a major focus on the works of America’s greatest playwright.
The fun starts this month with a company performance of Suddenly Last Summer, to be conducted from March 28 to April 13 in Loyola’s Lower Depths Theatre in collaboration with the annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. Following a pre-arranged performance this summer at the Marigny Opera House, the company will perform at Loyola.
“Loyola University New Orleans has a history of welcoming professional theatre companies and practitioners to campus, as a way of continuing to nurture our students’ education and professional development,” said C. Patrick Gendusa, who was announced this month as the new chair of Loyola’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance in Loyola’s College of Music and Media.
“One of our goals is to develop an ongoing collaborative relationship and internship program with the Tennessee Williams Theatre Company, while enjoying the opportunity to bring an entire new audience to our campus.”
Gendusa, who helped usher in Loyola’s musical theatre degree program several years ago, this month directs Violet, a multi-award winning musical with music by Jeanine Tesori and lyrics by Brian Crawley. Gendusa has lined up an exciting 2019-2020 theatre season, bringing exciting new directors to campus, including Bryan Batt and Tom Cianfini, Mark Routhier, and Anne-Liese Juge Fox.
Gendusa has also lined up master classes and visits to campus from leading artists, beginning with an upcoming master class for Loyola students with choreographer Phil Colgan, dance captain and company member for the national tour of Hamilton.
“We are excited to enter our fifth season with this exciting partnership,” said Nick Shackleford, Co-Artistic Director for the Tennessee Williams Theatre Company. “We have rapidly grown as a newer theatre in town, and we are honored to call Loyola University New Orleans home for our artists and burgeoning audience—and of course, we look forward to creating meaningful opportunities for Loyola’s diverse and talented student population.”
TWTC would like to give a special thanks to:
Department Chair: C. Patrick Gendusa
& Laura Hope, Marty Aikens and TWTC Board Member Jeffrey LaHoste!