Tennessee Williams’ play, “The Night of the Iguana” will be performed starting this Sunday at Mississippi University for Women’s Rent Auditorium.
The theatrical production will kick-start the 10th annual Tennessee Williams Tribute and Tour of Victorian Homes, running from Sept. 6-11.
In addition to perfoming one of his more well-known works, the Tribute and Tour will also feature a week of theater, scholars’ talks, a “Stella” shouting contest, tour of Victorian homes, 5K run, and more.
The cast of the play has both local and traveling actors. The man who plays the character Nonno, Elliott Street, is an Equity actor who travels from Meridian for all the rehearsals and shows.
Also in the cast is Phillip Barnett, who plays Pancho; Melanie Hintz, who plays Maxine Faulk; and local Mark Huerkamp, who plays dual roles as Pedro and Hank.
The star of the show, Shane Tubbs, who plays Williams’ moody Rev. Lawrence Shannon, who is on the verge of a mental breakdown. Tubbs has also played roles in locally filmed indie flick, “The Fight of Calvin Waters” and “Sweet Bird of Youth” – performed in last year’s Williams’ Tribute.
Also acting are Warren Nybo and Donna Forrester, who play “The Germans” Herr and Frav Fahrenkopf; local singer, Cherri Golden as Miss. Judith Fellowes; Laura Beth Berry as Hannah Jelkes; and Melissa Werner as Charlotte Goodall.
Directing the production is Paula C. Mabry and backstage key players include Stage Manager/Set Designer Melissa Werner; Set Construction Artist Claude Simpson; Lighting and Sound Manager Steve KuyKendall; Props, Hallie Massey; and Set Decoration Artist Kay Mancillio.
The opening performance will be this Sunday at 2:30 p.m. At Rent Auditiorium and will cost $5. All other shows will be $10 and will also be performed at Rent. September 6th and 7th, the show will start at 7:30 p.m. There will be no show Thursday the 8th. Friday the 9th, the show will begin at 8 p.m. And Saturday the 10th, the show will again curtain at 7:30 p.m. 0