Orpheus Descending

Polonsky Shakespeare Center

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Opening Night: July 9, 2023

Closing Night: August 6, 2023

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Playwright: Tennessee Williams

It is steamy and lyrical, a love story and a tragedy, blending realism, expressionism and poetry, and tells the story of the passion of two outcasts—Lady Torrance, a storekeeper’s wife and daughter of a murdered Sicilian bootlegger and Val, a wandering guitar player—and their doomed attempt to escape from a Southern Hell. Set in a dry-goods store in the 1950s deep South, the play’s toxic brew of racist violence, bigotry, misogyny, provincialism, and sexual passion evokes an American past that unfortunately is not the past, and that seethes with hatred, savagery, and longing for liberation.


Christopher Abbott                                                             Val
Maggie Siff                                                        Lady Torrance

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