NOW PLAYING > Summer And Smoke

By Tennessee Williams

Directed by Joseph Pacifico

January 6-22, 2017
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.
Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

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Steam up your January with a timeless, tragic tale of love, death and missed opportunities in the sweltering south

Summer And Smoke is one of great American playwright Tennessee Williams' most subtle and tender works. Exploring the conflict between the hedonistic body and the lofty spirit, this play is a masterwork of love and survival. The Heights Players is proud to present Summer And Smoke January 6 through January 22nd.

A quietly heartrending tragedy set in Mississippi, Summer And Smoke's characters are achingly human. Alma Winemiller, the minister's daughter, has grown up loving the boy who lives next door: John Buchanan, the doctor's son, is a wild, adventurous, mischievous pleasure seeker. He spends hot Mississippi summers drinking, gambling and romancing. His only religion is the anatomy chart on his wall, and what it teaches him about man's needs: food, truth and lovemaking. Alma, on the other hand, is quiet, eccentric and high-strung. Her name means soul in Spanish; she aspires to lofty spiritual goals and holds to strong moral standards. Despite their differences, John and Alma are magnetically drawn to each other, and the spiritual and physical romance that almost blooms between the two of them is among the most engaging, romantic and heartbreaking love stories in Williams' canon.

The Heights Players production features a cast of Heights veterans and newcomers to our stage. The veterans include Jessica Baird as Rosemary, Thomas J. Kane as Dr. John Buchanan Sr., James Martinelli as Roger Doremus, Valerie O'Hara as Mrs. Winemiller, Ted Thompson as Reverend Winemiller, and Kerry Wolf as Gonzalez. Newcomers are Walker Harrison as John Buchanan Jr., Bishon Prushankin as Alma Winemiller, Megan Quick as Mrs. Bassett, Paige Russo as Rosa Gonzalez, Shanna Sartori as Nellie Ewell, and Edward Kleinke as Archie Kramer, Vernon and Dusty.

Summer And Smoke is directed by Joseph Pacifico. His production team includes Gary VanderPutten, set designer; James Martinelli and Mykel Frank, costume designers; Leo J. Contrino, lighting designer; and Jan VanderPutten, properties. Corrine Contrino handles the stage managing duties.

Join the Heights Players this January for a classic Tennessee Williams play, filled with lyrical language, smoldering undercurrents and a small southern town populated with memorable characters. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, January 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 8:00 p.m.; and Sundays, January 8, 15 and 22 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 ($18 for seniors and those under 18). Purchase tickets online through Brown Paper Tickets. Or make reservations by calling (718) 625-2752 or by email and pay at the door.