The thirties through the fifties represent a great period of American Theatrical History. The influence of and reaction to the Great Depression is evident in the work of William Saroyan. The forties saw the talent of three great playwrights emerge who dominated the theater, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, and Eugene O’Neil.
All three examine dysfunctional families and the American dream gone awry. In 1954, N. Richard Nash’s play The Rainmaker opens at the Cort Theater in New York City. The character Starbuck charms audiences with his brand of con and hucksterism.
Collins performs monologues from these and other playwrights and may even sing a Cole Porter and George Gershwin tune to round off the evening.
Some Past Performances
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