The Dark at the Top of the Stairs teaser trailer





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Published on Oct 1, 2012

This is a teaser trailer for the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry's production of The Dark at the Top of the Stairs by William Inge.


The Dark at the Top of the Stairs stands shoulder to shoulder with the work of other towering 20th Century playwrights like Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller and Chekhov who brilliantly evoke characters caught between
two worlds.

The play is set among the wide open spaces and never-ending skies of Oklahoma in the early 1920s -- a time, like today, of great change. The oil boom turned people into millionaires overnight, and others into paupers. Instead of the quietly ambling horse and carriage, the country's dry, dusty roads were busy with the blare and bustle of shiny new automobiles, while oil derricks crashed through the landscape.

The Flood family is disintegrating: Rubin, a travelling salesman selling horse harnesses, Cora his sensitive wife, Lottie her nouveau riche sister, Sonny their Hollywood-obsessed little boy and Reenie their painfully shy teenage daughter. Like America at the time, each one of them is forced to face their fears and accept that the world as they know it is changing forever.

Written by William Inge, who dedicated the play to his friend, rival and contemporary Tennessee Williams, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1957 and was made into a successful film in 1960 with Angela Lansbury. It has not been seen in England for over a generation.

This drama will be directed by director and writer Lisa Forrell who also teaches a regular course on American drama at the Actors Centre, London.


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