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A Glasgay! production 21 Oct - 1 Nov 2008 Citizens Theatre, Glasgow


by Tennessee Williams

Don Miriam Rich

LAURANCE RUDIC ADRIENNE ZITT ALEX HARRIES

Production Manager: Neil B Anderson

Thanks to: Dorian Grieve, Mohamed Mesilhy, Jonelle Husayn

THE APPROACH An ongoing problem in today’s society is the “disconnect” between the values of a society and one’s own internal values. Failure to conform or even adhere to what is defined as “normal” often leaves one in the margins or shadows of social life. In particular, sexual, racial and gendered differences are often equated to defining someone “different” as inferior or less than equal to others.

For many who define or understand themselves as “different” there is a hope, and sometimes an erroneous belief, that cultural or social acceptance will somehow magically happen once barriers are torn down. However, history continues to show us that these barriers or obstacles often do not simply disappear but rather become less overt or simply subtle. All too often, what remains is a profound disappointment. Living in a dichotomous world that demands that we define ourselves as either one type of person or another type of person (male/female, gay/straight, black/white), these binary categories ignore the possibilities of simply being “human” and continuing to grow. Fulfilment of our human potential must incorporate the development of internal wisdoms that guide us to the best choices for ourselves. The conventional wisdom about Tennessee Williams, especially among politically correct detractors and gay-liberation activists, is that he was a self-loathing gay man. His homosexual characters are cloaked in heterosexual disguise, the argument goes, and so their humanity is distorted. Completed when he was 29, “The Parade, or Approaching the End of a Summer,” provides more evidence that Williams wrote freely about his sexual desires. This living interpretation, directed by and featuring Laurance Rudic, explores the flexibility of human desire and the possibilities that flexibility can hold for those who let go of socially imposed categories that limit rather than expand human potential. It asks not only how we, as humans, come to lose our willingness and capacity to craft a life characterized by potential and hopefulness, but also how we can bring those elements back into the lives we lead. The Parade by Tennessee Williams is presented through special arrangement with The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee.


BIOGRAPHIES

BIOGRAPHIES

LAURANCE RUDIC

LAURANCE RUDIC

Trained at RSAM&D and also with the Italian-based iconoclastic theatre performer and mime, Lindsay Kemp. He joined the Glasgow Citizens in 1972 and was a leading member of the company for over 25 years. His work in other UK companies includes 7:84 Scotland, Sir Ian McKellan’s Company at the Royal National Theatre, the Shaw Theatre, the Almeida Theatre, and the Mermaid Theatre with Glenda Jackson. He began exploring other cultures - India, Tibet and the Middle East early in his career, in order to expand his understanding of holistic communication processes in traditional performance. His last work, And God Created…, a highly personal exploration of his search for identity beyond society and culture, was an improvised solo work inspired by the epic storytelling poets of Egypt where he has been living for the last 8 years. It was commissioned for Glasgay 2006 and was performed at the Citizens Theatre.

Trained at RSAM&D and also with the Italian-based iconoclastic theatre performer and mime, Lindsay Kemp. He joined the Glasgow Citizens in 1972 and was a leading member of the company for over 25 years. His work in other UK companies includes 7:84 Scotland, Sir Ian McKellan’s Company at the Royal National Theatre, the Shaw Theatre, the Almeida Theatre, and the Mermaid Theatre with Glenda Jackson. He began exploring other cultures - India, Tibet and the Middle East early in his career, in order to expand his understanding of holistic communication processes in traditional performance. His last work, And God Created…, a highly personal exploration of his search for identity beyond society and culture, was an improvised solo work inspired by the epic storytelling poets of Egypt where he has been living for the last 8 years. It was commissioned for Glasgay 2006 and was performed at the Citizens Theatre.

ADRIENNE ZITT

ADRIENNE ZITT

Adrienne trained at the National Theatre School of Canada. Her acting credits include Margaret in Henry VI, Masha in Three Sisters, Mrs Peachum in The Beggars Opera, Violet Bick in It's a Wonderful Life, Belle in A Christmas Carol, The Maid in The Lesson, Marina in Les Combustibles, Gimblette in Les Pretendus de Gimblette, various animals and flowers in The Little Prince and a singing nun in Offstage Theatre's Edinburgh Fringe hit Phaedre in 2007. She is delighted to be part of this unique Parade and to make her "Glasgow debut" with such an inspiring team.

Adrienne trained at the National Theatre School of Canada. Her acting credits include Margaret in Henry VI, Masha in Three Sisters, Mrs Peachum in The Beggars Opera, Violet Bick in It's a Wonderful Life, Belle in A Christmas Carol, The Maid in The Lesson, Marina in Les Combustibles, Gimblette in Les Pretendus de Gimblette, various animals and flowers in The Little Prince and a singing nun in Offstage Theatre's Edinburgh Fringe hit Phaedre in 2007. She is delighted to be part of this unique Parade and to make her "Glasgow debut" with such an inspiring team.

ALEX HARRIES

ALEX HARRIES

Since graduating from Queen Margaret in 2006 Alex has worked regularly in both theatre and television. His theatre credits include In Sunshine and in Shadow, Franco's Bastard, the one man show A Gringo's Journey and Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter, all for the The Welsh Fargo Theatre Company. He also appeared in Frank Vickery's A Night on the Tiles and Erasmus Theatre Company's production of Macbeth. His television credits include Dai Dy a Ni for S4C and Torchwood for the BBC. Alex has thoroughly enjoyed his experience of working on The Parade and is glad to be back with his Celtic cousins.

Since graduating from Queen Margaret in 2006 Alex has worked regularly in both theatre and television. His theatre credits include In Sunshine and in Shadow, Franco's Bastard, the one man show A Gringo's Journey and Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter, all for the The Welsh Fargo Theatre Company. He also appeared in Frank Vickery's A Night on the Tiles and Erasmus Theatre Company's production of Macbeth. His television credits include Dai Dy a Ni for S4C and Torchwood for the BBC. Alex has thoroughly enjoyed his experience of working on The Parade and is glad to be back with his Celtic cousins.