27 Wagons Full of Cotton from Big Screen to Broadway

On October 17th at 8 p.m. the Pacific Theatre Arts department will unveil their first of six performances. The fall production includes three Tennessee Williams One- Act plays including the much anticipated, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton.

In 1956, 27 Wagons full of Cotton made its Hollywood debut under the name, Baby Doll. The film starred Carroll Baker and Karl Malden who played the role of Mr. and Mrs. Meighan.

Here is the original trailer for the movie- please be aware, there is explicit language:

Twenty years after this film, an up- and- coming 27 year-old-actress named Meryl Streep also took the stage in the production of 27 Wagons Full of Cotton. In 1976 Streep was nominated for ‘Best Featured Actress in a Play’ for her role as Mrs. Meighan at the 30th annual Tony Awards. And we all know where her career went from here.

From the big screen to Broadway, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, is an American classic and we are thrilled to bring you the best scenes from this play.

Meryl Streep_ 27 WagonsSet in rural Mississippi, Flora Meighan, the child-like wife of cotton-gin owner, Jake Meighan, finds herself in a tough situation when she is left alone with Silva Vicarro.

Vicarro is the superintendent of a competing cotton-gin near the Meighan’s residence. After an unfortunate accident, Vicarro seeks the assistance of Mr. Meighan to aid in the ginning of his leftover cotton.

The play takes an unexpected turn as each moment between Vicarro and Mrs. Meighan becomes more and more powerful.

Vicarro will be played by Chris Leonor-DiPaolo, a sophomore at Pacific who discovered theatre in high school and was anxious to, “keep the spark alive” throughout college. Leonor-DiPaolo stated that he auditioned for the role with little hope of being cast and was thrilled to get the part.

Leonor-DiPaolo will be performing alongside Kelly Manlaibayer, also a sophomore at Pacific. Manlaibayer stated in an interview that performing the role of Flora Meighan has been one of her biggest challenges. Manlaibayer stated that it has been difficult learning to play Flora, a woman who lacks any strength or power over herself. She said,” it has taken me out of my comfort zone”.

To find out what happens between Vicarro and Flora Meighan, please join us on Friday, October 17th, Saturday, October 18th at 8 p.m. or Sunday, October 19th at 2 p.m. at University of the Pacific’s Long Theatre. For Tickets please visit the box office.

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