Inspired by the works of legendary writer Tennessee Williams
The Unseen Lives of
Allan Grey – Sebastian Venable – Skipper
At the New York International Fringe Festival
Revolve Productions presents “Elysian Fields” by Chris Phillips at the 15th Anniversary of the New York International Fringe Festival in August. The new play will be co-directed by John Michael Beck and the author. The venue as well as dates for the five performances along with the cast will be announced soon. The drama from Los Angeles is 1hr 40 mins. http://www.elysianfieldstheplay.com
Their plots set in motion by the mysterious, violent deaths of three men who, until now, were never given the chance to tell their stories in A Streetcar Named Desire; Suddenly Last Summer; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - three classic plays by Tennessee Williams. Elysian Fieldspulls back the curtain Williams drew on Allan Grey, the shy young man only beginning to grasp the desires inside himself; Sebastian Venable, the doomed aesthete unable to escape his horrific past; and Skipper, the football hero who refuses to give up fighting for the love of his cowardly best friend, even in the face of a formidable rival. As all three collide with the people around them and the demons that haunt them, we witness firsthand the events that sent them hurtling towards their ultimate fates. Both a reverent love letter to and a passionate deconstruction of Williams, Elysian Fields thrusts these three previously unseen characters center stage, allowing them to speak for an entire generation hidden in darkness.
"What always fascinated me about these three characters," states Phillips, "is how pivotal their roles were, even though they never got a chance to tell their side of the story. I wanted to simultaneously give them a voice and explore why Williams, due to the time period and his own personal demons, couldn't."
Chris Phillips was raised in Austin, Texas, and while attending UT Austin, began writing and performing his own work. Nothing if not a masochist, his favorite course was Psychological Themes in Modern American Drama, and he took the same Shakespeare class multiple times to get different professors’ interpretations of the tragedies. Once in Los Angeles, he worked as a contributing film reviewer for Movieline and Out magazines, which led to his editorial work at the SoCal publication Frontiers from 2001 to 2005. Last summer, Chris directed a production of his first play, revolver, as part at Los Angeles’ Celebration Theatre. This year, revolver received a GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Los Angeles Theatre. This January, Chris directed a short film adapted from one of the vignettes featured in revolver, “the things i cannot change,” coming soon to a film festival near you.
John Michael Beck recently took over the position of Artistic Director at the historic Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles after serving as a company member over the past three years in the roles of Producer, Development Director, Associate Artistic Director and Actor. He has produced and directed several events around Los Angeles such as the LA, USA and International Mr. Gay Competitions, which won the WeHo Award for Best Community Event. Prior to his work in LA, he acted and produced theatre in San Francisco with Theatre Rhinoceros, New Conservatory, and City Lights while founding SteinBeck Presents, whose mission was to identify and produce up-and-coming playwrights in the Bay Area. It’s this passion for new work and scripts that led him to found Celebration Tuesdays at Celebration Theatre.