Suzanne Vega’s Play “Carson McCullers Talks About Love” Opens May 5th!

The world premier of Suzanne Vega’s “Carson McCullers Talks About Love” opens at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater May 5th 2011 (with previews beginning April 20th.)

Tickets available at www.smarttix.com.

“CARSON McCULLERS TALKS ABOUT LOVE”

WRITTEN AND PERFORMED

BY SUZANNE VEGA

MUSIC BY  SUZANNE VEGA AND  DUNCAN SHEIK

DIRECTED BY KAY MATSCHULLAT

PERFORMANCES BEGIN APRIL 20

OPENING NIGHT MAY 5

New York, NY (3/17/11) – Rattlestick Playwrights Theater concludes its 16th season with the world premiere of Carson McCullers Talks About Love, a theater piece with music written and performed by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Suzanne Vega (“Tom’s Diner,” “Luka”) with music by Ms. Vega and Tony Award-winner Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening). Directed by Kay Matschullat, performances begin Wednesday, April 20th at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (224 Waverly Place – off Seventh Avenue South between W. 11th & Perry Streets).  The official opening night is set for Thursday, May 5th. The production is scheduled to run through Sunday, June 4th.

In Carson McCullers Talks About Love, Suzanne Vega performs the role of the iconic author Carson McCullers, reminiscing about her life, her loves and her art.  While explaining herself, McCullers wrestles with the demons that have intruded on her from the beginning of her life.   Seamlessly moving between spoken word and song, Ms. Vega channels the resilient spirit and relentless humor of Ms. McCullers in a way that reveals the meeting of two souls in a single work of art.  A compelling hybrid of music and theater, Carson McCullers Talks About Love is a musical portrait of one of the most important figures in American literature.

The creative team includes Louisa Thompson (scenic design), Jessica Pabst (costume design), Lenore Doxsee (lighting design), and Nick Kourtides (sound design).  Gerry Leonard, who has worked with David Bowie, Rufus Wainwright and Duncan Sheik, will serve as Musical Director.

The performance schedule is as follows: Wednesday – Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm and Monday at 8pm. Tickets are $55 and are available by calling SmartTix at (212) 868-4444 or online at www.smarttix.com.  For more information, please visit www.rattlestick.org.

Carson McCullers (1917–1967) is known for her novels, short stories, plays, numerous essays and poetry, which explores the spiritual isolation of outcasts in the South and is often written in the Southern Gothic style; many of her characters deal with loneliness. Her novels include “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” (1940), which was named # 17 of the 100 Greatest Novels of the 20th Century by Random House Modern Library, “Reflections in a Golden Eye” (1941), which brazenly tackled the subject of repressed homosexuality, “The Member of the Wedding” (1946), “The Ballad of the Sad Café” (1951), an exploration of loneliness and unrequited love and “Clock Without Hands” (1961). Her play, The Square Root of Wonderful (1957), deals in part with the traumatic experience of her husband’s suicide. Well known in numerous artistic circles, McCullers’ many colleagues included W. H. Auden, Benjamin Britten, Gypsy Rose Lee, Paul and Jane Bowles, Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams. In addition, McCullers was an alumna of Yaddo in Saratoga Springs. McCullers sadly suffered from several illnesses, including rheumatic fever, alcoholism, depression and a series of strokes that caused her left side to be paralyzed when she was in her early 30s. She died on September 29, 1967 at the age of 50.

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