The Eccentricities of a Nightingale

by Tennessee Williams

The Bethany Mission Gallery
September 4 – 23, 2018
Directed by Tina Brock


A middle-class English interior, with English armchairs, and an English couch, on an English evening


Running time is approximately 70 minutes, with no intermission.

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Alma Winemiller
Tina Brock
Reverend Winemiller
Tomas Dura
Grace Winemiller
Jane Moore
Mrs. Buchanan
Carol Florence
John Buchanan, Jr
John Zak*
Roger Doremus
Bob Schmidt
Mrs. Bassett
Kassy Bradford
Rosemary/Traveling Salesman
Jimmy Guckin
Carlos Forbes

Costume Designer

Erica Hoelscher

Set Design

Erica Hoelscher & Tina Brock

Lighting Design

Maria Shaplin

Sound Design

Tina Brock

Stage Manager/Board Operator

Madison Caudullo

Technical Director

Bob Schmidt


Mark Williams, Tina Brock & Erica Hoelscher

Assistant Costume Designer

Jessica Barksdale

Musical Consultants

Fran Bjorneby Kraemer & Mark Williams

Photoshop Magic

Bill Brock


Johanna Austin /

Cover Art

Dāma ar vēdekli bārā (Lady with a fan in the bar)
by Ģederts Eliass (1887-1975)

Scene I: Public Square, Fourth of July
Scene II: Rectory Parlor, Christmas Eve
Scene III: Rectory Parlor, a few minutes later
Scene I: The Buchanan Home
Scene II: Rectory Parlor
Scene III: Dr. Buchanan’s Office, a few hours later
Scene I: Public Square, New Year’s Eve
Scene II: Hotel Room, shortly after
Epilogue: Public Square, Fourth of July, an indefinite time later
Running time is approximately 100 minutes,
with no intermission.
The Eccentricities of a Nightingale is presented by
special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association


The Eccentricities of a Nightingale (2018)

“ airy, often sweet and very funny rendition of Williams' tightly constructed play...”
--Howard Shapiro, Shapiro on Theater,
The Eccentricities of a Nightingale (2018)

“Rarely has this odd and endearing little play —
a late-career variant of the better known and
oft-produced Summer and Smoke
sung so sweetly.”
--Cameron Kelsall, The Broad Street Review
The Eccentricities of a Nightingale (2018)

“…those delightful absurdists…”
--John Timpane, The Philadelphia Inquirer
The Eccentricities of a Nightingale (2018)

“...gorgeous and exciting production...”
--Toby Zinman,
The Eccentricities of a Nightingale (2018)

The Eccentricities of a Nightingale is a brilliant cabinet of curiosities.”
--David Fox, Philadelphia Magazine
The Eccentricities of a Nightingale (2018)

Director's Notes


Director’s Notes:

Hello and Happy Fringe!
The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, written in 1951, is Williams' extensive rewrite and consideration of his original 1947 drama, Summer and Smoke. It has been said that Williams preferred Eccentricities to his earlier, better known work.

Eccentricities satisfied so many aspects of what I hope for in a production, and particularly at this place in IRC’s history. This experience has me excited as a producer and director to tackle future plays which may not reside in the classic absurdist wheelhouse, though possess a grand poetic scale. The plays the IRC has largely focused on since our founding in 2006 are readily recognizable as classically absurdist. Given where we are in our world today, life has taken on its own form of nonsensical absurdity, challenging theatrical/artistic illustration. In considering season 2018-2019 we repurposed the IRC’s unusual aesthetic/point of view to highlight the more absurd aspects of a play. The central theme of the play (for me) at this time in our history — that there is true, meaningful and lasting beauty in honesty for a moment or for an hour, or whatever period of time it lasts — resonated. Many thanks to Victor Keen and Jeanne Ruddy for their limitless generosity in allowing The IRC to perform within the walls of this wonderfully evocative space for a second Fringe Festival. The beauty and energies of the artists whose works envelope the playing space speak from and through the walls providing infinite inspiration for the performers to sing out the beautiful language of one of the greatest American playwrights and poets. Spending the summer exploring the town of Glorious Hill, Mississippi, the setting for Eccentricities proved resonant for many in the cast; several were raised in small towns in the South and Midwest that resemble the atmosphere rendered in Williams’ rewrite. Several have close connections to clergy through marriage and family, experiences that provided stories and memories as we journeyed through the text. As a director and performer, the memory of working with this cast of IRC stalwarts and wonderfully game newcomers to the IRC stage will linger.

Thank you for being here and for sharing this experience with the IRC. And tell a friend. We have grown steadily over 13 years because of the kindness of strangers.

Tina Brock
Producing Artistic Director

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