A Tennessee Williams play lost for 60 years will make its Australian premiere at the Last Drop Canning Vale.
Presented by Life on Hold Productions and directed by Sarah Christiner, Not About Nightingales is based on the true story of a prison scandal that shocked the US in the mid-1930s.
Inmates went on a hunger strike due to poor conditions and were locked in steam-heated cells as punishment. The focus is on the politics of prison life, told through a love story, compelling dialogue, power-corrupted officials and the human condition.
Playwright Williams is most famous for A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Glass Menagerie, among his more than 100 plays.
Originally written in 1938, the first performance of Not About Nightingales wasn’t until 1998 in London after actress Vanessa Redgrave tracked it down.
It moved to Broadway a year later and picked up six Tony Awards, including best play.
Tennessee Williams’ Not About Nightingales plays at 7.30pm September 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25 and 26. Tickets are $25, $20 concession – book at www.TAZTix.com.au or call TAZTix on 9255 3336.