testimonials

Mud is proud to have words of support from Austin Pendleton, Broadway director, master teacher and actor, as well as the recipient of a 2007 American Renaissance Man of the Theatre Drama Desk Award, who generously gives as a mentor to the group because he believes in us, and who co-directed and coached Streetcar. Austin Pendleton writes:

"Over the past year or two I did a great deal of work, in my classes at HB Studio and privately, on scenes from A Streetcar Named Desire, which Jen Danby and several other remarkable actors were hoping to mount as a full production.  This summer they realized their dream.  A fine director, Brian Lady, took the work we had all done and shaped it into the best production I have seen of that magnificent and difficult play in years.  Everything about it -- the performances (all of which took great leaps beyond the groundwork we had done), the production values, the use of a very challenging and exciting space -- everything spoke of a thorough, meticulous professionalism harnessed to a deep and sensitive love of the play, to a degree that made it possible to feel, in a theatre, in a live performance, what Tennessee Williams called in a different play "the old pure music" once again.  The response to the production was full and overflowing, and that has emboldened the company that was formed to do the play, christened Mississippi Mud, to move forward as a producing entity.  This is profoundly promising news for the New York theatre scene.  I wish them so well.  I hope very much to work with these people again, but an even more important hope I have than that is that the company will be allowed to grow and flourish.

Make voyages.  Attempt them.  There is nothing else.  That's another thing Tennessee Williams said.  And here is Mississippi Mud.  It's pretty thrilling." ---Austin Pendleton 

Jill Lorie Hurst, head writer for the CBS soap Guiding Light before that went off the air after 50 wonderful years on TV, has this to say about Mississippi Mud Productions, after seeing Streetcar Named Desire, our first production:

"They're an amazing group! So committed, which is always great to see. I'm definitely interested in future productions. I was so glad to be there! I would love to know more about your group and was so impressed with the The Mississippi Mud Production of "Streetcar" - what a gift to hear that language...yay, theatre! It was a lovely Sunday afternoon at the theatre. The company magically preserved the feeling and time of the original period it was set in—1946 New Orleans—but yet made it fresh, now, and accessible."

From Stephanie Braxton, Emmy winning writer for network soaps on ABC and NBC, and actress:

“The Mississippi Mud production of Streetcar was an eye opener.  I rediscovered the play that I had given up on after many recent acclaimed productions that did not provide the magic.  How wonderful to find Tennessee Williams' heart and soul still alive and well with a new and courageous company who chose to go back to the roots of the play rather than burden it with unnecessary frills and furbelows and star turns.   Acting, direction, set design however minimal, sound design, everything about it was professional and satisfying.  As Blanche says... "Sometimes....there's God...so quickly".   More, more, please.”