BLUE DEVILS is a work in progress which uses music, voice, physical theatre and movement. It explores imagined moments in the lives of four of Tennessee Williams’ heroines, who were treated as mentally unstable because of their refusal to satisfy the expectations of society.
In 1943, after being diagnosed as schizophrenic, Rose Williams, Tennessee Williams’ sister, underwent a prefrontal lobotomy which left her mentally incapacitated. Williams was very close to his sister and this trauma left its mark on the man and on the writer. Shades of Rose can be found in many of Williams’ female characters. Mentally unstable or free spirited ?
Blanche, Zelda, Serafina and Catherine are strong, unconventional women that normative society tries to ground down. In the plays that feature these heroines, Tennessee Williams questions society’s treatment of women who don’t fit into the mold. Inspired by his writings, this piece will take the audience into the imagined private world of these characters, into the unwritten.”« Blue Devils » was an expression used by Tennessee Williams to talk about the voices in his head, when he was in low spirits. In August 1931 he writes in his notebook ; « A little crazy blue devil has been me all day . I wish I could shake him off and walk alone and free in the sunlight once more. ».
- January 11th, 2019 ¦ Smock Alley Theatre, Main Space ¦ 2 pm
- First Fortnight Festival
- Running Time: 20 mins
- Price : €5
- Tickets: https://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873596271
Cast & Crew:
- Starring Stella Godmet
- Co-directors : Léa Weber and Stella Godmet.
- Producer : Nathalie Clément
- Lighting : Julie Molia and Evan Connolly