‘Summer and Smoke’ to hit Dreyfuss stage next month

Brian Aronoff

Staff Writer

 

The Fairleigh Dickinson University theater program will end the fall semester with performances of Tennessee Williams’ “Summer and Smoke.”
“Summer and Smoke,” written by Williams in 1948, has had several adaptations over the years, including a film version in 1961.
Stephen Hollis, director of the theater program, will direct the play at FDU’s Florham Campus.
“The play was written by Tennessee Williams, a prolific playwright, and over the years has become sort of a lost work as it’s not one of his well-known works of writing,” said Hollis.
“Summer and Smoke” takes place in Mississippi during the twentieth century and tells the story of a woman who is stuck choosing between love and sticking with the trend throughout her society.
“Alma, the daughter of a minister in Mississippi, is in love with the guy next door, who is a womanizer and drinker and isn’t necessarily seen as a match for Alma,” Hollis said.
The play will open on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m. Other performances are scheduled for Dec. 7-9 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 2:30 p.m.
The cast also will perform for different high schools from around the state, which gives them a chance to hone their skills.
“As the director, it is exciting to see all of our hard work come to fruition as opening night is less than a month away,” Hollis said recently.
FDU senior Samantha Quiles will portray the lead role of Alma.
The actors involved in “Summer and Smoke” have worked extremely hard and have burned the midnight oil, according to Hollis, who has worked at FDU since 2001.
Hollis said he has wanted to direct this piece of work from Williams for quite some time. He called Williams one of the three major playwrights of the twentieth century and said he wrote this play very well.
All performances of “Summer and Smoke” will be held at the Dreyfuss Theater.
Admission is $5 for students and faculty, $10 for senior citizens and $15 for all other audience members.

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