Tennessee Williams’ Kingdom of Earth

Kingdom of Earth

A tall tale by Tennessee Williams


After receiving nightly standing ovations in 2012, this rarely performed play returns to Provincetown from Cape Town, South Africa, where it won awards for its superb acting and bold interpretation.

by Tennessee Williams

Directed by Fred Abrahamse

Produced by Artscape in association with Abrahamse-Meyers Cape Town, South Africa

Contains adult themes and male nudity



Meet Myrtle, the former “Petite Personality Kid” who just got married on a television show to a strange man named Lot, who takes Myrtle back to the old family farm. Among other secrets, Lot hasn’t mentioned his half-brother Chicken lives on the place.

…grace of language and merciful tenderness for the lonely, misplaced, soft people of the earth

shine through ludicrous details of what Williams called ‘my funny melodrama.’

– Alvin Klein, NY Times (2001)


anthea-thompson Anthea Thompson (Myrtle) is a multiple Fleur-du-Cap award winner for her stunning performance in Kingdom of Earth and other Cape Town productions, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cabaret, Into the Woods, Shirley Valentine and Much Ado About Nothing among many others.

“Her Myrtle is a complex creature: brassy yet vulnerable, secure about herself in some ways, but self­deprecating in others.  Thompson earns our compassion and this plays no small part in the production’s success.” – Broadway World, December 2012






Nicholas Dallas (Lot) presents a brooding, secretive, dark pragmatist who is desperate to win a final familial battle even as his body and mind are failing.

As Lot, Nicholas Dallas shifts between a kind of epicene languor

and a sharp, ugly wit that confounds Myrtle…

His physical work in the role is beautifully executed.

– Broadway World, December 2012


Marcel Meyer (Chicken/Costume Design) is a founding member of Abrahamse-Meyer Productions, one of a few independent classical theatre companies in South Africa. The small company built up an excellent international reputation, particularly through their innovative productions of Shakespeare plays.

Marcel Meyer delivers compelling work as the masculine, earthbound Chicken.

…he reveals Chicken’s tortured soul bit by bit so that both Myrtle

and the audience are seduced by him as the play progresses.

– Broadway World, December 2012

 “As directed by Fred Abrahamse, the play grabbed hold of your throat and slowly, purposefully, squeezed your breath away.   …the effect was riveting, frightening, and horrific.”

–Robert Israel, EDGE Boston, October 2012