This show was presented from October 11 – October 27, 2013
Kingdom Of Earth
by Tennessee Williams
Directed By Connie Norwood
“Connie Norwood and Robert Bingaman (Set Design) created a dissolute southern gothic farmhouse from the shabby door facing the audience to the dilapidated, worn pieces of furniture and props. The sense of the macabre, the unrelenting heat and lost dreams are palpable.”
— Ruth K. Brown
“KINGDOM OF EARTH is not well known and is seldom produced. There are reasons both inside the writing itself and outside with the swirling demons surrounding Tennessee Williams…
Lot is a weak and ailing youth who suffers from an attachment to the memory of his late mother. He has come to his ancestral home, a derelict house on the edge of a soon to be flooded river, with his new bride, Myrtle, a television actress. Somewhat reminiscent of Blanche Dubois from Williams’s classic play A Streetcar Named Desire, Myrtle is a luckless young woman trapped in a world of romantic illusions, one of which is to nurse Lot back to health so they can consummate their marriage. Myrtle soon discovers, however, that Lot only wants to use her to steal the deed to the property from his embittered half-brother, Chicken, a Stanley Kowalski type, brimming with masculinity and assertiveness…and a few romantic plans of his own.
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SCTC does a fine job in challenging the audience to understand it and with this understanding to confront our own bigotries and hatreds.”
Funding has been made possible in part by the Camden County Cultural & Heritage Commission at Camden County College, through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.