Plays Directory : Orpheus Descending

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Tennessee Williams
  • Written
    1957
  • Overview
    The play is a modern retelling of the ancient Greek Orpheus legend and deals, in the most elemental fashion, with the power of passion, art, and imagination to redeem and revitalize life, giving it new meaning. The story is set in a dry goods store in a small southern town marked, in the play, by conformity, sexual frustration, narrowness, and racism. Into this scene steps Val, a young man with a guitar, a snakeskin jacket, a questionable past, and undeniable animal-erotic energy and appeal. He gets a job in the dry goods store run by a middle-aged woman named Lady, whose elderly husband is dying. Lady has a past and passions of her own. She finds herself attracted to Val and to the possibility of new life he seems to offer. It is a tempting antidote to her loveless marriage and boring, small-town life. The play describes the awakening of passion, love, and life -- as well as its tragic consequences for Val and Lady.

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Connected mandy members:

Fraser Wood
Fraser Wood
Actor
2020, Jabe
Stockwell Theatre, Nine Elms, London
Ali Shinall
Ali Shinall
Actor
2019, Beulah Binnings
Stockwell Playhouse
Natasha Houghton
Natasha Houghton
Assistant Stage Manager
2019, Assistant Stage Manager
Teddy Corbett
2019, Pee Wee Binnings
Stockwell Playhouse
Chris Leaney
Chris Leaney
Actor
2019, Sheriff Talbott
Stockwell Playhouse
Bridie Przibram
Bridie Przibram
Costume Maker
2019, Costume Maker
Theatr Clwyd
Caitlin Shay
Caitlin Shay
Assistant Stage Manager
2019, Stage Management Placement
Anthony Hopkins Theatre, Theatr Clwyd
Yvonne Maxwell
2019, Nurse Porter and other
Stockwell Playhouse
Dan Hazelwood
2019, David Cutrere
Stockwell Playhouse
Ingrid Miller
2019, Eva Temple
Stockwell Playhouse
Georgia Feldman
Georgia Feldman
Assistant Stage Manager
2019, Deputy Stage Manager
Natasha Colenso
2019, Lady
Shauna Gavaghan
2019, Sister Temple
Stockwell Playhouse
Matt Byham
Matt Byham
Company Manager
2019, CSM
Theatr Clwyd & Menier Chocolate Factory
Helen Stirling-Lane
2019, Vee Talbott
The Stockwell Playhouse
Martin John Bristow
Martin John Bristow
Company Stage Manager
2019, Lighting Designer
Stockwell Playhouse
Sophie Tergeist
2019, Carol Cutrere
Stockwell Playhouse
Greg Miller Burns
2019, Val Xavier
Stockwell Playhouse
Giulietta Vainer Levi
2018, Lady
Michael Geraci
Michael Geraci
Production Assistant
2018, Stage Manager