Suddenly, Last Summer by Tennessee Williams

June 22 - 25, 2017

Set in the Garden District of New Orleans, two women share startlingly different accounts of the life and death of a man who was an important part of their lives, and who was killed in Spain under mysterious circumstances - suddenly, last summer. A dark drama with a sinister ending, this classic play depicts how society, greedy relatives, and mental health professionals of the 1930's treat a traumatized young woman.

Meet the Actors

Taylor Kent Buchanan

Alicia Dallas (Catharine Holly) has been active at GLT since 2011 when she first appeared on stage in The Buddy Holly Story. She has increased her involvement over the years to include serving as a Board member, working with the publicity committee, and maintaining the GLT website. She has directed two successful productions: Rumors and 84, Charing Cross Road. Alicia is best remembered for stellar performances in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Six Degrees of Separation. She is married to David Dallas and has two children.

Cheryl Thornhill (Miss Foxhill) is the executive director of the Museum of the Mississippi Delta. We at GLT are pleased to welcome Cheryl in her stage debut! A native of Hattiesburg, our local museum was lucky enough to snag Cheryl and her passion for the arts in 2009 after a successful 25 year career in museums across the country - from Indiana to Arizona to Nevada. Cheryl and husband Kyle have since made Greenwood home. We hope that her busy schedule will allow her to grace our stage again in the future!

Marlon Collins

Marvin Haley (George Holly) is becoming a recurring actor on the GLT stage, and this is his largest role to date. He first appeared in our 2009 production of No Time for Sergeants, followed by great performances in Six Degrees of Separation and Ring Of Fire. He has also done some backstage and set work. Marvin is a self-taught but accomplished guitarist and singer, performing in and around Greenwood - aside from his day job at Service Auto Parts.

Marvin Haley

Bobby VanDevender (Dr. Cukrowicz) is a longtime favorite GLT actor and director. He was last seen in GLT’s production of Plaza Suite. He also turned out memorable performances in The Glass Menagerie and South Pacific. Bobby’s passion for directing has produced the fabulous GLT classics Six Degrees of Separation, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and A Streetcar Named Desire. A DeKalb native, Bobby is a CPA and partner in the firm Fred T. Neely & Co. He is also a Past President and Treasurer at GLT.

Rhonda Drummond

Freda MacIntosh (Mrs. Holly) is a veteran actor of GLT and Hillfire Historical Theatre of Winona. This funny lady most recently appeared at GLT this season in Ring of Fire and Plaza Suite. Audiences will also remember Freda’s voice and comedic talents from these popular GLT musicals: The Producers, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Into The Woods. She and her husband Ted have been longtime theater participants and supporters. Freda is a teacher at North New Summit School in Greenwood.

Rayne Guerra

Cheryl Weiss (Mrs. Venable) is a native of North Providence, Rhode Island. She has called Greenwood home for the last six years with husband John. A voice instructor at Coahoma Community College, Cheryl has enjoyed a great deal of national performing experience. She has an MFA in Vocal Performance from University of California, Irvine, and a PhD in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Idaho. For GLT, Cheryl has graced our stage in The Good Doctor, Into the Woods, On Golden Pond, and 84, Charing Cross Road.

Gwendolyn Riley (Sister Felicity) is a native of Chicago, but she has spent all her adult life in Greenwood. Gwen loves the theater and has enjoyed her involvement in many productions, including Three by Tennessee, Beauty and the Beast, The Music Man, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and, most recently, Ring of Fire.  Gwen is mother to five children, including son Franklin, who has had several roles at GLT. It is always a treat to have Gwen and her sparkling personality on our stage!

About the Directors

Eddie Amelung is one of GLT’s oldest active members, involved since our current playhouse’s construction in 1967 in over 70 productions. Pharmacist/Manager at Downtown Drugs, Eddie has also been a recurring Board member and Past President at GLT.

A veteran actor of many shows in Greenwood and Indianola, Eddie was last seen at GLT in Six Degrees of Separation and Plaza Suite. Among others, Eddie has directed Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Glass Menagerie, Little Shop of Horrors, and Jesus Christ Superstar. This is his 10th show to direct at GLT.

Will Perkins

Will Perkins has been involved at GLT since 1999 and has turned out fine performances in many productions, including Six Degrees of Separation, Into the Woods, Vintage Hitchcock - A Radio Play, and The Producers. He was last seen and heard in this season’s blockbuster, Ring of Fire.

A master of artistic design and detail, Will has designed sets and provided amazing décor for many of GLT’s successful shows. His directorial debut occurred in January 2017 with the hit thriller, Wait Until Dark.

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