Having had tremendous success with its productions of Death of A Salesman and All My Sons, the Irish Classical Theatre Company is proud to present another great American classic, Sweet Bird Of Youth by Tennessee Williams to kick-off its 2016-2017 Season. Considered by some to be the neglected masterpiece of Williams' great
body of work, Sweet Bird Of Youth is set in the late 1950's on the hazy, humid Gulf Coast and powerfully reflects the social and political upheaval of that era.
Sweet Bird Of Youth is Tennessee Williams' wrenching yet mordantly funny meditation on lost innocence and corruption, revealing the dark consequences of the American search for perennial youth and fame. This steamy and haunting portrait of a fading movie star and the desperate silver screen wannabe, Chance Wayne, evokes an era of repressive social strictures where love, sexual passion and redemption are thwarted. Williams' theatrical language is thrilling, mesmerizing and quite beautiful.
"Issues of racism, intolerance, and fear fuel the tumultuous decades of the 1950's and 1960's in America; and, in Sweet Bird Of Youth, they bubble to the surface in the most insidious and thought-provoking way," said Vincent O'Neill, Artistic Director. "Tennessee Williams crafts an emotionally complex story of unrelenting loneliness, grief and regret that touches us on a very visceral level," he continued. "A play as layered and nuanced as this proves the true genius of Williams' work is in his wry wit and his uncompromising insight into the human condition," O'Neill concluded.