Orpheus Descending

Lady (Emily Lodge) with Val’s guitar


A young, charismatic musician. A passionate woman with a tragic past. A small, repressive, Southern town. Wild-spirited Val Xavier descends on a conventional community where Williams’ well-known themes of loneliness, desire, sexuality and longing for freedom are all at work. Violence lurks just beneath the surface and bursts into the open at the play’s end. Written in 1957, Orpheus Descending is rich in imagery, lyrical language, and symbolism. This production celebrates the play’s 50th anniversary.

Director: KATE GAUL
Photographer: HEIDRUN LÖHR

Australian Academy of Dramatic Art
Pilgrim Theatre, Sydney
December 2007