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Showcase Brings Tennessee Williams’ Lost Work to Life

Press Release – The Actors’ Program

Do not miss this unique opportunity to celebrate William’s lost work Camino Real, performed by fifteen of Auckland’s most promising new actors from November 5 at The Basement.
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The Actors’ Program presents
Camino Real
Written by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Benjamin Henson

” There are people who think that Camino Real was Tennessee Williams’ best play, and I believe that they are right. A play torn out of the human soul.“– Clive Barnes, The New York Times

Fifteen of Auckland’s most promising new actors showcase their talents with the stunning and emotionally resonant Camino Real, written by the legendary Tennessee Williams, from November 5 at The Basement.

This production caps a year at The Actors’ Program working with highly regarded arts professionals, including Artistic Board members Sara Wiseman, Michael Hurst, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Michele Hine, Cameron Rhodes, John Callen, Charlie McDermott and distinguished guests including Ian Mune, Shane Bosher, Miranda Harcourt, Raymond Hawthorne, Peter Burger, Rachel Lang and Gavin Strawhan. Director Benjamin Henson has selected Camino Real for its mesmerizing romantic characters and ability to transport audiences into the deepest realms of the imagination.

A fading hotel on a dusty plaza existing out of time, a meeting place for lost souls facing temptation and disgust, heartbreak and love. This dreamscape is peopled with the greatest romantics of history: Casanova, Camille, Lord Byron, all warily circling each other and unable to accept their fate. Into this evocative and visceral carnival comes Kilroy, the quintessential American outsider. The Camino is rocked by his presence as he crashes against its boundaries both real and imagined.

Camino Real is Tennessee Williams at his creative best. Rarely performed it has enjoyed recent revivals, attracting some big name actors including Al Pacino, Jessica Tandy, Ethan Hawke and Rip Torn, who were drawn to the challenge of bringing these rich characters to life.

The Actors’ Program is an independent and privately run one-year acting course concentrating on providing actors with the tools they need to be effective practitioners in the world of stage and screen. It delivers a wealth of knowledge to a younger generation of aspiring New Zealand actors.

Do not miss this unique opportunity to celebrate William’s lost work in the hands of these powerful young actors.

Starring Andrew Norman, Anthea Hill, Arlo Gibson, Cherie Moore, Eve Palmer, Hannah Paterson, Mayen Mehta, Moana McArtney, Morgan Albrecht, Naomi Cohen, Oscar Wilson, Priyanka Xi, Rhema Sutherland, Ryan Dulieu and Willa Oliver.

5th – 16th November | 8PM
The Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Avenue, CBD
Concession $20 | Full $25 (plus booking fees)

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