New York: Tennessee Williams` The Milk Train Doesn`t Stop Here Anymore, a rarely seen title, gets an Off-Broadway revival started Jan. 7. Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis plays Flora Goforth, a widow penning her memoirs.
Michael Wilson (The Orphans` Home Cycle) directs the Roundabout Theatre Company staging at its Off-Broadway home at the Laura Pels Theatre. Performances play to April 3. This production (with a somewhat different cast) premiered in May 2008 at Hartford Stage in Connecticut. It was the culmination of Wilson`s ten-year project on the work of Tennessee Williams.
Opening night is Jan. 30. Wilson`s New York cast includes Curtis Billings (as Giulio), Elisa Bocanegra (as Simonetta), Olympia Dukakis (as Flora Goforth), Edward Hibbert (as Witch of Capri), Maggie Lacey (as Frances Black) and Darren Pettie (as Christopher Flanders). Hibbert steps into the female role of the witch directly from starring in Roundabout`s revival of Mrs. Warren`s Profession.
Here`s how Roundabout characterizes the play: "In this haunting Tennessee Williams drama, Olympia Dukakis stars as Flora Goforth, a wealthy American widow. In her picturesque Italian mountaintop home, Flora has detached from the world in order to write her memoirs. When a handsome and mysterious young visitor arrives without warning to keep Flora company in her final hours, this dreamlike play blossoms into a fascinating meditation on life and death."
The design team includes Jeff Cowie (sets), David C. Woolard (costumes), Rui Rita (lights) and John Gromada (original music and sound).
Roundabout Theatre Company has a long association with Tennessee Williams, having staged The Glass Menagerie (2009-2010 and 1994-1995), Suddenly Last Summer (2006-2007), A Streetcar Named Desire (2004-2005), The Night of the Iguana (1995-1996) and Summer and Smoke (1995-1996 and 1975-1976).
The last major New York revival of the play was WPA Theatre`s 1987 production starring Elizabeth Ashley. Hermione Baddeley starred as Flora in the 1963 Broadway premiere, which ran two months.