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Tennessee Williams' 'The Night of the Iguana'

February 13, 2014

In its tradition of bringing high quality, affordable live theatre to Fort Collins and the Front Range, Colorado State presents the classic masterpiece, 'The Night of the Iguana.'

Actor's Equity professional Jonathan Farwell (Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Young and the Restless), in the role of Nonno. Image by CSU Photography.Performances are nightly Thursdays through Sundays, running Feb. 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre at the University Center of the Arts, 1400 Remington Street.


  • $8/CSU students
  • $8/youth under age 18
  • $18/adults

Tickets are available at the University Center for the Arts (UCA) Ticket Office in the UCA Griffin Lobby, by phone at (970) 491-ARTS (2787), or online.

Free ticket initiative

Continuing the free tickets initiative, CSU students get in free on Ticket Thursdays: Feb. 6 and 13. Courtesy of the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, members of the public get in free on Ticket Sundays: Feb. 9 and 16.

Space is limited and tickets are available on a first come, first served basis at the Ticket Office at (970) 491-ARTS (2787).

Tennessee Williams' defrocked reverend

The celebrated playwright of A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and The Glass Menagerie, created Reverend T. Lawrence Shannon, a Black Irish defrocked pastor, now tour guide, who arrives at a cheap cliff-side hotel near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with a group of women tourists.

Walt Jones directs 'The Night of the Iguana.'

At the Costa Verde, managed by his friend and onetime lover, Maxine Faulk, Shannon struggles with delusions, depression, alcohol, and sexual attraction to an underage member of the tour party.

Amidst this chaos, Hannah Jelkes, a spinster, appears with her ailing grandfather Nonno, played by American film and television and Broadway actor Jonathan Farwell, who is composing his last poem.

As Shannon tries to manage his tour party, who has turned against him for his unnatural relationship with the minor, he is “at the end of his rope,” just like the iguana kept tied by Maxine’s cabana boys.

“I’ve always loved this piece,” said Walt Jones, co-director of theatre and dance at CSU, and also stage-directing the production. “Williams creates these incredible story arcs through the intense interactions of people at the ends of their ropes and what they do in those situations that just draw you in to the emotion of the story.”

Non-stop action

Jones goes on to explain the unique continuous-time element of the production.

“The whole show is capturing a period of about 48 hours, and we see it all, which can be challenging for the actors” he said. “There’s no jumping ahead to the next day – it’s continuous –but it plays a big part in how Williams poImage by CSU Photography.rtrays his characters and also allows the audience to understand the weight of the collapse that happens in the story.”

The 1966 Academy Award® winning film, based on the stage play, starred Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr, and Sue Lyon.

Actor Jonathan Farwell joins cast

Appearing as an Actor’s Equity professional, actor Jonathan Farwell (Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Young and the Restless), will perform the role of Nonno.

“Having him in the production really raises the stakes for our student performers,” said Jones. “Jonathan is a consummate professional and has been a great resource for our students. He doesn’t leave a dry eye in the cast during rehearsals after his final scene.”

About Jonathan Farwell

An American film and television and Broadway actor, he is best known for his soap opera role as George Rawlins on the CBS daytime drama The Young and the Restless, and has also starred in Jake and the Fatman (1991), Watchers II (1990), The Haunting of Morella (1990), and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1988). Read more.

Learn more about Director Walt Jones 

Contact: Carrie Care