Performance photos by Steve Rogers & KOOP radio interview by Lisa Scheps: MEMBER OF THE WEDDING at the Vortex, Nov. 17 - Dec. 9, 2017
Photography by Steve Rogers; November 15 radio interview of director Karen Jambon, Taylor Flanagan and Norman Blumensaadt by Lisa Scheps and Nicole Shiro, KOOP, on the weekly program "Off Stage and On the Air" (Wednesdays at 1 p.m.); video editing by Taylor Flanagan
Different Stages opens its 2017 - 2018 season with Carson McCullers' beautiful adaptation of her novella The Member of the Wedding.
It's 1945 in rural Georgia and the story follows Frankie Addams: a gangly tomboy suffering from pubescent yearnings and a sense of fretful isolation. Ignored by her widower father and excluded by the local girls, Frankie's only real friendships are with the family's maid, Berenice, and her six-year-old cousin, John Henry. But, in the course of the weekend when Frankie's brother is set to marry, she fixates her affection on the bridal couple and determines to run away with them. The unwillingly solitary Frankie hopes that the newlyweds can be what she terms "the we of me."
Directed by Karen Jambon (Mrs Mannerley), Member of the Wedding features Taylor Flanagan (When the Rain Stops Falling) as Frankie, Chelsea Manasseri (Vampyress) as Berenice, and Jago Mystiek (Kids Acting) as John Henry. The cast includes Jeremy Brown (Twentyeight) and Paul Bowie (Fletcher Players) as Berenice's friend and her foster brother. Frankie's brother and his fiancée are played by Nate Dunaway (EL-Teatro Vivo) and Regan Goins (The Crucible). Frankie's father is played by Weldon Phillips and John Henry's mother is played by Nikki Zook. Playing Frankie's peers are Sophia Magri and Claire Rickman.
A Member of the Wedding
by Carson McCullers
November 17 - December 09, 2017
Friday, November 17 - Saturday, December 9, 2017
no performance Thursday, November 23
added performance Wednesday, December 6
The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road