Thurs 23rd to Sat 25th September & Tues 28th September to Sat 2nd October 1993
Directed by Pete Woodward
A Double Bill from two of America's most distinguished playwrights, with both short plays being performed each night... Something Unspoken is a brilliantly humorous vignette of the social manoeuvres of a wealthy Southern Spinster.
'Something Unspoken' was written in 1958, and debuted as part of a double bill of one-act plays written by Williams entitled 'Garden District' (the other one-act play was 'Suddenly, Last Summer'). which premiered Off-Broadway that year. The action takes place in Meridian, Louisiana and during the course of the play the two characters are developed with remarkable insight. It is a play with an underlying current of irony.
Miss Cornelia Scott is a wealthy Southern spinster in her 60s - a grande dame. She dresses elaborately and generally lives her life with a vast amount of pomp and circumstance. She is is waiting on tenterhooks to hear about the elections of the local chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy. Having been a member for years and having held every other office, she wants to be Regent. The problem is that her fear of rejection is so huge that she cannot submit to the indignities of campaigning.
Williams gives the audience an great insight into her inner emotions. Under the facade, Cornelia is lonely and eager for approval. She is so afraid of rejection that she can barely think about it - and certainly cannot force herself to go as far as campaigning for votes. Externally, nobody would guess however that she is so vulnerable.
Her secretary, Grace is in her 40s and has been with her for 15 years. They two women have a complex codependent relationship. There is tension between them - something unacknowledged, and the situation comes to a head in a confrontation between them.
This play was staged at Havant Arts Centre, East Street Havant - Bench Theatre's home since 1977. It was part of a USA double Bill, with 'Something Unspoken' being staged in the first half of each evening and 'The Zoo Story' being staged after the interval.
|Cornelia Scott||Ruth Prior|
|Grace Lancaster||Jude Salmon|
|Stage Manager||Alyse Ashton|
|Lighting Design||Jacquie Penrose|
|Sound and Lighting Operation||Tim Taylor|
|Front of House||Sally Hartley|
Both plays being performed this evening were written by American playwrights in 1958. They are both played by two actors; and are firmly set in the USA.
They are, though quite different in content and tone, and it is this contrast - in what may outwardly seem a neat set of coincidences - that attracted me to the idea of presenting the two plays as a double bill.