Main Stage

Our Main Stage series brings the finest in contemporary theatre to Seacoast audiences, featuring the region’s best talent performing some of the best scripts of our time.

Night of the Iguana

by Tennessee Williams

at The Star Theater at the Kittery Community Center

October 17 through November 2

A disgraced priest, a sex-hungry widow, a dutiful spinster and a dying poet meet in a remote tropical hotel on a hot Mexican night in the early 1940s and begin a struggle that sets morality, desire, loneliness and hope against each other with quietly explosive results.

Reverend Shannon is a priest just short of a nervous breakdown and defrocking, thanks to a perhaps too-honest sermon in his Virginia parish. Now a tour guide for a second-rate travel agency, he is accused of statutory rape of a sixteen year old girl accompanying the group of schoolteachers he is guiding through a bizarre Mexican holiday. He seeks refuge at the cheap jungle hotel managed by old friend Maxine Faulk, a lusty widow with her own ideas of how Shannon should spend the holiday. But the conflicted Shannon is drawn instead towards spinster Hannah Jelkes, a penniless artist accompanying her dying poet grandfather, Nonno, on his final journey.

Each of William’s indelible characters is isolated, emotionally lost and desperately lonely. As a storm breaks over the run-down hotel, they are thrown together in a series of collisions and conflicts that ultimate reveal the stunning strength of the human spirit and the possibility of grace.

Featuring Matthew Delamater and Christine Penney.

“The Night of the Iguana” achieves a vibrant eloquence in declaring its respect for those who have to fight for their bit of decency. – New York Times
“…an awesome and powerful new drama.” —NY World Telegram & Sun
“…Williams’ most mature work.” —NY Daily News
“…the most fruitful and versatile exercise by our best living playwright.” —NY Journal-American

October 17th through November 2nd
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 4pm
Thursday, October 30th at 7:30 p.m.