Avant Bard is thrilled to announce its next season! After more than 18 months away from the mainstage, Avant Bard welcomes you back to Gunston Arts Center and Theatre on the Run for a triumphant return to theatre. 

Avant Bard would like to thank the generosity of Arlington County and the many donors who continue to help make our artmaking possible. 

If you’d like to support our work and keep vibrant theatre in Arlington, you can make a contribution to Avant Bard here.

SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER by Tennessee Williams, Directed by Christopher Henley

Performing at Gunston Arts Center, Theatre Two

Set in the hothouse of New Orlean’s Garden District, Suddenly Last Summer has all the hallmarks of a Tennessee Williams masterpiece: exotic locales, tortured psyches, glorious, lyrical language, and Williams' gift for creating vivid, unforgettable characters. An elderly socialite mourns the death of her poet son, who died under mysterious circumstances while vacationing at an island resort. Eager to protect her son’s image, she hires a doctor to silence the only witness to the tragic event--but the shattering truth fights its way to the surface, as it always does in Williams’ world. In the great Avant Bard tradition of providing audiences an opportunity to see something they may have read but have never seen--or have seen the movie version but have never seen it on-stage--audiences can learn first-hand what happened last summer, and experience the unique and exhilarating beauty of this quintessential Williams classic. Directed by Artistic Director Emeritus Christopher Henley.

Please be advised that these performances contains smoke effects, drug use, and other adult themes. If you have questions or concerns, please call the box office or consult with house management at will call.

Avant Bard is also pleased to offer a 50% discount for students and servicemembers/veterans. To take advantage of this discount, please email the Box Office at info@avantbard.org or call (703) 418-4808 to reserve your tickets. Tickets must be paid for at the Box Office when you visit the Theatre. A student or military ID must be presented to receive the discount.

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