Drama plays out in hotel room

There will be performances of Tennessee Williams’ The Hotel Plays at the Vineyard Hotel, Colinton Road, Newlands, in August.

Author of classic plays The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams lived most of his life in hotels. From the 1930s until his death, in 1983, Williams wrote a series of short plays set in hotel rooms.

For the past seven years selections of these plays have been performed in actual hotel rooms under the collective title The Hotel Plays. The show at the Vineyard Hotel will feature a double bill of Williams’ Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen and Green Eyes, directed by veteran, multi-award winning director Fred Abrahamse. Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen was written in the 1950s. Set in a suite on the Lower East Side, this dramatic poem sees a couple connected by the intimacy of desperation. Nicole Franco and Marcel Meyer star as the despairing lovers.

Green Eyes was written in 1970 and remained unpublished and un-staged until 2008. This intense, power-house play was Williams’ response to the atrocities of the Vietnam War.

Set in New Orleans, Green Eyes transfigures a honeymoon suite into a battleground. Melissa Haiden and Stephen Jubber star as the dysfunctional young bride and groom. The Hotel Plays will be performed at 7pm, tomorrow Thursday August 4, Friday August 5, Saturday August 13, Friday August 19 and Saturday August 20.

To book, email hotelplays@ vineyard.co.za