(February 22, 2010)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073.

Centenary Presents Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke Feb. 25—28

SHREVEPORT, La— Centenary College will present "Summer and Smoke," the dark tale of passion and lost innocence by two- time Pulitzer Prize winner and classic American playwright Tennessee Williams, playing February 25—28 at the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse.

Regular evening performances will run Thursday-Saturday, February 25 through 27 at 8 p.m. In addition, there will be a matinee performance on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.

Summer and Smoke

Tickets are on sale at the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse box office, with prices ranging from $10 for adults, $7 for students, military and senior citizens. Tickets are free for Centenary students, faculty, and staff. The MLP Box office is open daily from noon until 4 p.m. For more information, call 318.869.5242.

The struggle between darkness and light, spirituality and the senses, and love and lust is familiar territory for Tennessee Williams. In "Summer and Smoke," Alma Winemiller is the sheltered daughter of a small-town southern minister and his unbalanced wife. Like other Williams heroines, Alma is attracted to the thing that has the potential to destroy her. Set in a small Mississippi town in 1916, "Summer and Smoke" tells the story of Alma's conflicted passion for John Buchanan Jr., a hedonistic and wayward doctor. In her search for spiritual and lasting love, Alma finds herself pitted against John's sensuous nature, and the turbulent relationship becomes an emotional battle of wills that irrevocably alters each of them.

The cast for "Summer and Smoke" includes Emily Slazer as Alma Winemiller, Scott Gibbs as John Buchanan, David Fitzgibbons as Reverend Winemiller, Rachel Havird as Mrs. Winemiller, Erik Champney as Dr. Buchanan, Ada Michelle Loridans as Rosa Gonzalez, Andrew Wood as Papa Gonzalez, Abigail Presswood as Nellie Ewell, Lauren Morrison as Mrs. Bassett, Jacob Bates as Roger Doremus/Archie Kramer, Josh Rabalais as Dusty/Vernon, and Colleen Watts as Rosemary.

"Summer and Smoke" premiered in Dallas in 1947, and in 1948 opened on Broadway, where it ran for 102 performances. In 1952 it was revived at the Circle in the Square Theatre in New York, a production that cast Geraldine Page as Alma, a role she brought to the screen in Paramount's 1961 film version.

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and has been recognized as "One of the Best 371 Colleges" by the Princeton Review and one of "America's Best Colleges" and one of "America's Best Private Colleges" by Forbes.com. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.