Summer and Smoke /
The Eccentricities of a Nightingale
Directed by Anika Thompson & Molly O'Neill
In 1947, Tennessee Williams’ new play, Summer and Smoke, premiered on Broadway. It has since gone on to be rightfully included in the storied cannon of one of the world’s finest playwrights. And yet, for Tennessee Williams, he wasn’t able to let this simple love story go. And so he wrote a new version. In 1951 he finished his sweeping rewrite of the play, now called The Eccentricities of a Nightingale. But theatrical companies all over the country had already embraced Summer and Smoke, and it would be nearly 15 years before this new play would be produced.
Two versions of the same play by one of theater’s most powerful and important voices. History has chosen Summer and Smoke. Tennessee Williams preferred The Eccentricities of a Nightingale. But which script best tells the story of Alma Winemiller and her love for the young doctor across the street? Now, Renegade presents both plays in repertory, so you can choose for yourself.
Summer and Smoke: June 7, 9, 14 & 16 at 8pm
Eccentricities of a Nightingale: June 8 & 15 at 8pm / June 9 & 16 at 4pm