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Pictured: Rudy Galvan and Curtis Edward Jackson
Raven Theatre has announced the cast and creative team for its world premiere of Philip Dawkins’ provocative drama THE GENTLEMAN CALLER, directed by Artistic Director Cody Estle.
Based on a real-life meeting between two of the 20th century’s greatest playwrights, THE GENTLEMAN CALLER will feature Rudy Galvan as Tennessee Williams and Curtis Edward Jackson as William Inge.
The production team includes Jeffrey D. Kmiec (scenic design) Melissa Ng (costume design), Michelle E. Benda (lighting design), Kevin O’Donnell (sound design), Claire Stone (properties design), David Woolley (fight choreography), Elise Kauzlaric (dialect coach), Eli Newell (assistant director), Isabel Thompson (asst. to the playwright), Tara Malpass (stage manager) and Destiney Higgins (asst. stage manager).
The cast and creative team of THE GENTLEMAN CALLER includes (top, l to r) Rudy Galvan, Curtis Edward Jackson, Devon Nimerfroh, Peter Andersen and Isabel Thompson (middle, l to r) Jeffrey D. Kmiec, Kevin O’Donnell, Melissa Ng, Destiny Higgins and Eli Newell (bottom, l to r) Claire Stone, Tara Malpass and Michelle E. Benda.
“I am thrilled to bring Raven Theatre its first commissioned play in 35 years,” said Estle, “and even more excited to be working with the exceptionally talented Philip Dawkins. The Gentleman Caller is based on the true story of the meeting, friendship and sexual tryst of Tennessee Williams and William Inge. Philip has written a play that poignantly depicts two writers struggling to find their purpose and grappling with the consequences of that purpose. It’s both intoxicating and harrowing – much like the lives of Williams and Inge. Philip’s writing is a gift, and I’m delighted to have this phenomenal team bring his play to life.”
THE GENTLEMAN CALLER will play March 28 – May 13, 2018. More info at raventheatre.com.