“Summer and Smoke” is a tragic love story that takes place in the year before the start of WWI in Glorious Hill, Mississippi, a small southern town. Alma, a minister’s daughter and a fragile soul, too delicate for life, is besotted with the boy next door, Doctor John Buchanan. John, in contrast, is drawn to drink, earthly pleasures, abandon, lust, and in spite of his baser instincts, to Alma. Though her sweetness seems the salve to his depressive self-destruction, the more she dotes, the more viciously he swats her away. The story explores two opposing forces, two sides of human nature: light and dark, saint and sinner, spirit and flesh, and the two flawed people bound together by a love that cannot come to bear.
The show runs April 4th through April 14th, Thursday through Sunday at The Edison Theater and is a co-production with MLRT.