After a south-of-the-border sojourn in 1945, Tennessee Williams quickly wrote a one-act play, a “Mexican poetic fantasy” called Ten Blocks on the Camino Real. He sent it on to his agent, who advised him to put it away. Far away. But Williams persevered and the resulting script, Camino Real, opened on Broadway under Elia Kazan’s direction and closed quickly. That notorious flop forms the germ of Target Margin Theater’s new work, The Really Big Once, which explores the relationship between playwright and director. Having steeped themselves in this material for a season and more, director David Herskovits and his cast retread the Camino Real‘s blocks, searching for inspiration in an earlier era’s failed experiment.
Tuesdays, Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 5 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: April 15. Continues through May 8, 2010