|Out Front on Main, Inc. will celebrate its first anniversary with a bang, by celebrating Tennessee Williams’ 100th birthday.
No Drama Productions will present its inaugural production 27 Wagons Full of Cotton by Tennessee Williams featuring Deanna Payne, Tony Lehew and Jeff Harr.
The play takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, March 3-13 at Out Front’s 1511 E. Main St. location.
For tickets or more information, call 615-713-1757 or visit outfrontonmain.com.
27 Wagons Full of Cotton is set in the Mississippi Delta and follows the naive Flora Meighan as she discovers her husband isn’t the saint he appears to be and that being neighborly has a price.
Opening with a panic stricken Flora looking for her husband, it soon comes out that he’s taken the Chevy and left without telling her. No sooner is this discovery made than the big cotton gin in town bursts into flames.
At first there’s no apparent reason for the fire, but when Jake Meighan tells Flora with a firm hand that if anybody asks he’s been sitting on the porch swing with her since dinner, it becomes glaringly apparent that he’s the cause.
Flora’s childlike attitude makes it clear she won’t be able to keep her mouth shut for very long and eventually spills the incident to Silva Vicarro, one of the gin’s owners. But he gets his pay back by taking full sexual advantage of Flora.
This upsetting situation is classic Williams. He takes a perfect setting and turns it into a tumultuous situation that causes goose bumps and suspense.