The Member of the Wedding

by Carson McCullers
directed by James Cady

James Cady has directed stunning productions of plays by Eugene O’Neill, Arthur Miller, and most recently his own vision of “Hamlet”. His next project at The Adobe Theater is Carson McCullers’ drama, “The Member of the Wedding” (which she adapted from her novella published in 1946), which opens October 24th. Winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award in 1950, McCullers’ touching and poignant play centers around Frankie Addams, a twelve-year-old girl caught between childhood innocence and the throes of adolescence. This coming-of-age play also explores the intrinsically enmeshed lives of whites and blacks in the American South, 1945

The Broadway production starred the great Ethel Waters as Berenice Sadie Brown, Julie Harris as Frankie Addams and Brandon De Wilde as Frankie’s young cousin, John Henry West.  Mr. Cady’s cast features Angela Littleton, Annie Elliott and Jackson Murietta in these roles, respectively. Others in the cast are Janine O’Neill, Vernon Poitras, Marc Lynch, Michael Weppler, Kelsey Martin, Riley Martin, Sarah Seaton, Mikael Ayele and Jackson Krebbs.

Author McCullers was known as a novelist in the “Southern Gothic” style.  She left Georgia in 1934 to study music at Julliard but soon gained recognition for her short stories.  Her first novel, “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter”, was published at age 23 followed by “Reflections in a Golden Eye”, which were made into movies. “The Member of the Wedding” was also made into a movie starring the original Broadway cast and directed by Fred Zinnemann.

The Member of the Wedding,” directed by James Cady, opens at The Adobe Theater on Friday, October 24th and runs through Sunday, November 16th.

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