No other American playwright has created as many indelible female characters as Tennessee Williams. From the fragile, compulsive liar Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof's fiercely sexy Maggie "the Cat," Williams' women are complex icons of flawed humanity and neuroses mixed with fire, strength and stamina.
Imagine if Tennessee Williams were to find himself on a stage surrounded by these unpredictable, passion-fueled, slightly dangerous women. In Sixth Street Playhouse's upcoming original drama, The Tennessee Menagerie (March 23–April 7), that's exactly what happens. Co-conceived by actor and director Lennie Dean and Sixth Street's artistic director Craig Miller, the concept promises plenty of electrifying interaction, as Williams (Lito Briano) confronts his lusty lineup of literary ladies, played by a stunning collection of local actresses: Courtney Arnold, Laura J. Davies, Sheila Lichirie, Rebekah Patti, Paige Picard, Laura Sottile, Jacquelyn Wells and Jessica Short. The show runs in the intimate Studio Theater, overlapping nicely with Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, running through March 25 on the adjoining G.K. Hardt stage.
The Tennessee Menagerie runs Thursday–Sunday through April 7 in the Studio at Sixth Street Playhouse. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. Thursday–Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm. Extra 2pm matinee on Saturday, April 7. $10–$25. 707.523.4185.