Get intimate with Williams’ ‘Ho­tel Plays’

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tling it out in a room in Man­hat­tan.

“The char­ac­ters know their re­la­tion­ship is doomed,” said Meyer, “but are un­able to do any­thing about it – just like char­ac­ters in a Chekhov or Sa­muel Beck­ett play – they re­main trapped in their hope­less sit­u­a­tion but in Williams’ unique style they speak the most, ex­quis­ite po­etic text while re­main trapped.”

Green Eyes is widely re­garded as Williams’ Viet­nam protest play.

“It is Williams be­ing a po­lit­i­cal writer and mak­ing a shock­ing state­ment about the dev­as­ta­tion of the Viet­nam War on the Amer­i­can psy­che… Green Eyes is also prob­a­bly one of Williams’ most sex­u­ally ex­plicit plays – ex­cit­ing and provoca­tive.”

It is per­formed by Melissa Haiden and Stephen Jub­ber.

Both plays deal with cou­ples. Meyer ex­plains: “One at the start of their re­la­tion­ship ( Green Eyes) the other at the end of their re­la­tion­ship( Talk to Me). While Green Eyes is provoca­tive, in­tense and shock­ing, Talk to Me is dream­like, lyri­cal and po­etic.

“Each play show­cases an iconic el­e­ment of Williams’ amaz­ing writ­ing style. So au­di­ences get the chance to see the best of him in bite-size por­tions in the most intimate of set­tings.

The evening be­gins at 7pm and should be over by 10pm. Tick­ets are R650 and in­clude a three- course wine-paired din­ner and the two plays, with ar­rival drinks, post­desert cof­fee and liqueur in the li­brary.

Only 40 pa­trons per per­for­mance – 20 in each suite – so book­ing is es­sen­tial. E-mail: hotelplays@ vine­yard.co.za or 021 657 450. The Vine­yard Ho­tel Plays stay­over pack­age: tick­ets, wine-paired din­ner, cof­fee and break­fast: from R1 950 for a sin­gle room; R2 800 for a dou­ble. Avail­able only for the nights of the shows.

Green Eyes.

De­sign by Mar­cel Meyer for Melissa Hei­den in

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