Presented by: Bay St. Little Theatre
Where: 398 Blaize Ave. in the Depot District
Show times/dates: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. April 3, 8 p.m. April 8-9 and 2 p.m. April 10
Director: Larry Clark
Producer: Cheryl Grace
Lights/sound: Charles Dessommes
Set design: Laurie Spaschak
Set construction: Dean Noel
Stage crew: Melissa Kelton, Cheryl Grace
Costumes: Daryl Himel
Music/sound effects and pictures: Clayton Pennylegion
Starring: Rosa Obregon, Douglas Hadley, Terry Cullen, Meredith Blasingame, Jim Fraiser, Linda Aiavolasiti, Amaya Clark, Ronnie Aleman, Cheryl Grace, Sarah Morgan, Christina Nelson, Elizabeth Silverhawke, Don Henry, Melissa Kelton, Linda Allen, Jay Kelton, Michael LeBeau, Leena Morgan, David Kernion and Paul Fraiser
Synopsis: "The Rose Tattoo" is one of the most famous plays by Tennessee Williams. It debuted on Broadway in 1951 and won the 1951 Tony Award for Best Play. It opened with Maureen Stapleton and Eli Wallach as the leads. In 1955, the movie starred Burt Lancaster and Anna Magnani who won Best Actress at the Academy Awards for her portrayal. Williams wrote the play intending that the Italian actress Magnani would play the lead. She refused the role in 1951 because she felt that her English was not stage ready. However, four years later, when the movie was ready to be cast, she accepted the role that was originally intended for her because her English had improved.
The setting of the play is described as "a village of mostly Sicilians somewhere along the Gulf Coast between New Orleans and Mobile." It easily could be Bay St. Louis.
The play revolves around the story of Serafina delle Rose. She is a restless widow whose intense and absorbing instinct for love drives everything before it. This extraordinary woman dominates the small town where she and her friends are living and embodies the exultation and danger of unbridled passion. Her story, and that of the lover she chooses and the daughter she denies, are forged into a play of power, humanity and soaring emotion.
Tickets: $15 adults, $10 Seniors, veterans, military, students with ID and $6 children 12 years and younger
Reservations/details: 467-9024 or bsllt.org