I been all over this country and gotten to know many people. I’ve forgotten most of ‘em but they’ve remembered me.
Exterior. New Orleans. Night. Close up: A beautiful young hustler solicits trade on the streets. He is Ollie Olsen, former light heavyweight champion of the Pacific Fleet.
After a devastating accident ends his boxing career Ollie believes his once-invincible body to be irreparably broken. When his eyes are opened to the market value of his tragic beauty, Ollie turns to selling his final asset in order to survive. Through his encounters with the lonely souls of 1940s America, Ollie discovers an unexpected chance for redemption.
In 1942 Tennessee Williams wrote One Arm, a short story with a striking central character who haunted his imagination for the rest of his life. Williams revisited Ollie’s story 25 years later in a screenplay of the same title – a script too provocative for the studios of 60s Hollywood. Moisés Kaufman, creator of The Laramie Project, fuses these texts into a powerful theatrical work inspired by the movie that was never made, now receiving its UK première here at Southwark Playhouse.
Due to the content of this production it is recommended for those aged 14+.
“Moisés Kaufman’s fast, fierce, brutally beautiful stage adaptation of an unproduced screenplay by Tennessee Williams is more than a play: It’s a time machine.”New York Magazine
- Director Josh Seymour
- Set and Costume Designer Alistair Turner
- Lighting Designer Joshua Pharo
- Sound Designer Helen Atkinson
- Casting Director Gabriella Shimeld-Fenn
- Producer Alex Turner
- Cast to be announced.