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The Gentleman Caller

by Philip Dawkins

directed by Cody Estle

March 28 – May 13

Performances Begin Wednesday, March 28 at 8:00 pm.
Call 773.338.2177 to make your reservation.

Although now regarded as two of history's finest American playwrights, back in 1944, William Inge and Tennessee Williams had yet to experience anything close to success. Before the Chicago premiere of The Glass Menagerie, Inge, a dissatisfied newspaper critic, invites Williams to his St. Louis apartment for an interview. This fraught, sexy rendezvous sparks a relationship which radically alters the course of their lives and the American Theatre.


Philip Dawkins is a Chicago playwright whose plays have been produced throughout the country and the world. His works Miss Marx: or The Involuntary Side Effect of Living (Strawdog Theatre) and Charm (Northlight Theatre at the Steppenwolf Garage) both won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work. His critically-acclaimed plays The Homosexuals, Le Switch (both produced by About Face Theatre) and Failure: A Love Story (Victory Gardens Theater), all received Joseph Jefferson Nominations for New Work. Charm was produced by New York City’s MCC Theatre in fall of 2017. Philip is an Artistic Associate of About Face Theatre and Ensemble Playwright at Victory Gardens. He teaches playwriting at Northwestern University as well as at his alma mater, Loyola University Chicago.


  • "My name is Mr. Williams, Tom. Tennessee for short.

    I’ve done a few things, some of which I’ll even admit to. Though at this point in my career I can scarcely imagine anyone having heard of me outside the St. Louis County register of drunken offenders... Alas."



Rudy Galvan as Tennessee Williams
Curtis Edward Jackson as William Inge


Devon Nimerfroh as Tennessee Williams
Peter G. Andersen as William Inge

Creative Team

Cody Estle (Director)
Jeffrey D. Kmiec (Set Designer)
Melissa Ng (Costume Designer)
Michelle Benda (Lighting Designer)
Kevin O’Donnell (Sound Designer)
Claire Stone (Properties)
David Woolley (Fight Choreographer)
Elise Kauzlaric (Dialect Coach)
Tara Malpass (Stage Manager)
Isabel Thompson (Assistant to the Playwright)
Eli Newell (Assistant Director)

Call 773.338.2177 to make your reservation.