Travis Chamberlain and I have been looking to collaborate on a project for awhile now. I’m very happy to announce that I’ll be going on as a special guest for 2 performances TODAY in Travis’ production of Tennessee Williams’ rarely staged erotic thriller
TO MAKE ITS NEW YORK PREMIERE IN A ROOM AT THE HUDSON HOTEL AS PART OF PS122’S 2011 COIL FESTIVAL
First-Ever New York Production of the Play, Starring Erin Markey,
Will Celebrate the Iconic Playwright’s 100th Birthday
Tennessee Williams would have turned 100 in 2011. In celebration of his legacy and in an effort to expose his unproduced later work, the daring young director Travis Chamberlain will present Williams’ explosive 1970 one-act Green Eyes. Following a sold-out limited run earlier this year at the Bushwick Starr as part of Target Margin’s 2010 LAB: The Unknown Williams, Chamberlain’s production of the play, set in a French Quarter hotel room, will premiere January 5-23 at the Hudson Hotel as part of PS122’s COIL Festival.
Co-presented by Performance Space 122, Green Eyes will run Wednesdays-Saturdays at 8:00 P.M. and 9:30 P.M., and Sundays at 5:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. Tickets are $30 are available by calling TheaterMania at 212-352-3101 or visiting www.theatermania.com.
Hidden away for decades, Green Eyes was only just published in 2008, twenty-five years after Williams’ death. Chamberlain transforms the play into a hyper-intimate experience—part performance, part immersive installation—ensconced in a suite at the Hudson Hotel room for audiences of only 20 per show.
Written as America’s unrest with the war in Vietnam reached a fever pitch, Green Eyes graphically reveals the effects of war through the sexual fantasies of a newlywed couple honeymooning in New Orleans. He’s an impotent soldier, traumatized by his participation in the war; she’s a ravenous woman determined to satisfy her most deviant desires. In a single electrifying scene, Green Eyes restages the horrors of war as an unhinged lovers’ quarrel, exploring the disturbing subjectivities that exist in the grey areas where sadomasochistic desire and domestic violence overlap.
In connection with the production of Green Eyes at the Hudson Hotel, Chamberlain will present a series of companion programs at the Museum of Art and Design, collectively entitled The Kindness of Strangeness: Rethinking Tennessee Williams @100, organized in collaboration with Dr. Joe E. Jeffreys, a noted Williams scholar and professor at NYU (and the dramaturg for this production).
Green Eyes, together with this companion programming, reclaims Williams as a key figure of the queer avant-garde, explores his transgressive representations of gender and sexuality, and celebrates the provocative relevance of his rarely produced late experimental plays to contemporary audiences.
Written by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Travis Chamberlain
Starring Adam Couperthwaite and Erin Markey
Produced by Carleigh Welsh, Christopher Keegan and Travis Chamberlain
Dramaturg – Joe E. Jeffreys
Lighting Design – Derek Wright
Sound Design – Duncan Cutler and Travis Chamberlain
Makeup Design – Stephane Barker
Fight Director – Jason Howard
Photography – Karl Giant
Graphic Design – Ralph Centra
Musical Arrangement – Rich Campbell
Publicity – Blake Zidell & Associates