ORPHEUS DESCENDING
BY: Tennessee Williams
DIRECTED BY: Michael S. Pieper

CAST: Sean Marlow, Danny Belrose, Strat Taylor, Scott Cooper, John Gray, Valerie Fashman, Kristy Lockhart, Troy Lindsey, Bob Rokos, Anita Hoffman, Carolyn J. Bowyer, Shon Little, Michael Ludden, Anne Gregory, Sandra Walters

LIGHTING DESIGN: Richard Norwood
SOUND DESIGN: Bob Rokos
ORIGINAL MUSIC: Bob Rokos
COSTUME DESIGN: Beata Pilch
SET DESIGN: Michael S. Pieper
STAGE MANAGER: Kevin Byrne
GRAPHIC DESIGN: Michael Pieper
FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHY: Craig Miller

Jeff Recommended Production

“Pieper weaves the script’s pervasive images of corpses into a haunting atmosphere in which beauty and decay seem to hover over the stage.”
– Lucia Mauro, Chicago Sun-Times

Tennessee Williams’ salacious masterpiece, where no-apologies individualism takes on KKK tyranny in the big Bible-belt brothel that was 1950s Louisiana.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
Tennessee Williams is an American playwright. He is considered among the three foremost playwrights of 20th-century American drama. He has written such plays as Battle of Angles, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Rose Tattoo, and many more.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Michael S. Pieper has been developing and teaching his method of acting in the Midwest and west coast since 1988. Michael headed up the Acting Program at the Second City Training Center for the last 22 years. He received his Masters of Fine Arts in Directing from the United States International University of San Diego where he also was on the faculty for eight years. He was the Artistic Director of the North Coast Conservatory Theatre in San Diego, the Resident Director/Artistic Associate at the Trap Door Theatre and Artistic Director of the Boxer Rebellion Theatre, both in Chicago. Michael has directed over 98 productions and acted in over 40 productions.

Opened: November 1998