ReGroup Theatre To Mount Dawn Powell's "Big Night"
Tennessee Williams was fascinated by the Group Theatre, and he pelted both Elia Kazan and Harold Clurman with questions about what he called "the passions and the intentions" of a group of people who, as he put it "met in the woods and transformed the American theatre."
We can trust Tennessee on the impact of the Group, even if his concept of its founding is romantic and incorrect, and he was not alone in longing for and loving the idea of such a collective of artists.
Allie Mulholland's ReGroup Theatre has gone beyond the dreaming phase and this ambitious company is producing and publishing all of the plays created for this theatre, including Dawn Powell's Big Night, which has not been seen in the city since its debut in 1933.
Described as a comedy that pierces the advertising industry decades before the advent of Mad Men, the play features the razor-sharp wit of Powell, a writer who once quipped that "all Americans come from Ohio originally, if only briefly."
The work being done by ReGroup is an ongoing, enormous project, and Big Night would be a fine play to begin your journey with them.
Performances begin November 28th at Shetler Studios (244 West 54th Street) and runs through December 3rd.
Further information can be obtained at www.DawnPowellsBigNight.com or www.regrouptheatre.org
Tickets can be purchased at www.smarttix.com or by calling (212) 868-4444.