Girl Friday's latest show is the most modern the company has attempted in its history. Still, continuing the tradition of exploring works from the first half of the 20th century, they are tackling Camino Real, an experimental 1953 drama by Tennessee Williams. "I liked the scope of it; it is quite large. And I liked the poetic language," says producer Kirby Bennett. She also plays Marguerite (or Camille), one of the numerous literary characters who inhabit the dreamlike streetscape at the center of the play. The Camino Real of the title is the one street that leads into a mysterious port city. Here, the debris of the outside world collects, including the various lost characters from literature. It's a piece of metafiction from before meta was cool. The company includes other Girl Friday regulars and talented local actors, including Craig Johnson (who directed for the company in the past, but is making his first turn onstage) as Don Quixote, Eric Nelson as quintessential American Kilroy, Kimberly Richardson, John Middleton, and Sam Landman. While it stylistically may be closer to Samuel Beckett than his classic American dramas, Camino Real has the distinct Tennessee Williams voice. "It holds together because of the language. It is writing that anchors everything," Landman says. Ben McGovern, fresh off his success with An Iliad at the Guthrie, directs. "We throw stuff at Ben and try it. You don't always get that," says Landman. "It has been a complete discovery every time we do a scene." (Photo by Esmeralda Kilroy)
Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m.; Mon., July 15, 7:30 p.m. Starts: July 5. Continues through July 27, 2013
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