INSIDE EVERY SUCCESSFUL MAN LIES A WOMAN. "Tennessee in the Summer" by Joe Besecker offers a well-researched, intelligent look into the mind and life of one of America's greatest writers, Tennessee Williams. This new production features Emmy award winner, Tamara Braun, and Dramalogue & Ovation award winner, Jack Heller together as Tennessee Williams. Robert Standley and Louise Davis fill out the cast, each playing multiple characters who influence Tennessee's persona and writing. Directed by Sal Romeo.
“...See ‘Tennessee in the Summer‘ ...(Joe) Besecker’s conceit is that (Tennessee) Williams (the great Jack Heller) had an inner child - actually a young blond woman in a slip, played here by the slinky, sloe-eyed soap opera star Tamara Braun. The 33-seat space is very intimate...staged fearlessly by director Sal Romeo. (Louise) Davis is chilling as the mad. impish Rose, and also performs an unforgettable monologue as Williams’ equally crazy and far meaner mother, Edwina.”
- Los Angeles Times
“‘Tennessee in the Summer‘ Sizzles With Desire. The cast gives excellent performances led by the expressive, heartrending performance of Jack Heller as the troubled Williams. Robert Standley brings emotional resonance to the role of Williams young lover:”
- The Tolucan Times
“‘Tennessee in the Summer:‘ Hot Stuff...directed with a fluid hand by Sal Romeo.”
Joe Besecker (Playwright) has had over thirty productions of his 25 full-lenght plays throughout the US. Bee-Eye (his play based on Edward Albee) was nominated for three Bay Are Critic's Circle Awards, including Best Production. He also won a LA Dramalogue Award for Achievement in Writing for this play. Seven of his plays were performed at the San Francisco Fringe Festival, three of which won Best of Fringe awards. He recently completed three new full length plays including The Dance Atop the Glorious Red Fez --his play about John Cage, Merce Cunningham and Jasper Johns, The Play Reading Play --a fantasy about the first reading of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and Skipper The Talking Cat By David Foster Wallace--his askew glimpse into the postmodern world of Meta-Fiction.
The show was a Weekend Pick in the Los Angeles Daily News L.A. Life Section.
Pick in the April 2012 edition of Ventura Boulevard Magazine.
Tennessee in the Summer
Review by Margie Barron for www.entertainmentoday.net
Another show that illuminates in a different way is Tennessee in the Summer, a play based on the life of Cat on A Hot Tin Roof playwright Tennessee Williams. The small but intense production is playing at the Sidewalk Studio Theatre in Burbank, Calif., running April 13 through May 20. Starring as Tennessee is Jack Heller, who says, “I find his characters so colorful, and I remember a line in Streetcar Named Desire, ‘The one thing in life I can not abide is deliberate cruelty.’ With that line, I determined him to be compassionate man. Yet researching I learned that he could be quite cruel. It was because of his fears, plus a great deal of guilt due to family turmoil and his sexuality.” All of that is revealed in the riveting show. And Heller points out that “90 per cent of the dialog is based on actual quotes from Williams.” The show written by Joe Besecker, and directed by Sal Romeo. Also starring is Tamara Braun, Louise Davis, Robert Standley and Lisa Thayer. All give outstanding performances worthy of Williams’ legacy. “He is the American poet of the theater, writing in such a lyrical way,” that is what Heller hopes the audiences will remember about the play. “Along with the thought that no matter how talented a person is, addiction and fear can destroy creativity.”
May 14 – 28, 2012 Issue of ABC Soaps In Depth Magazine had a photo story in it about Tamara Braun and Eden Riegel for the Opening Night of Tennessee in the Summer.