Carson McCullers Talks About Love @ Rattlestick Theatre


Grammy Award-winner Suzanne Vega is famously known for her song about the little boy “Luka” who yearns for a different life; now in her debut solo play the singer-songwriter tackles the life of late American writer Carson McCullers, in Carson McCullers Talks About Love, now playing at Rattlestick Theatre through June 5th.

Directed by Kay Matschullat Carson McCullers Talks About Love brings to light the troubled life of one iconic author. Best known for her novels The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (also adapted to film), Reflections in a Golden Eye and The Member of the Wedding, Vega uses a combination of song and spoken-word to channel McCullers thoughts on love, life, kids, alcoholism, her illnesses, and many more intriguing topics. One thing I enjoyed most about getting to know McCullers: Her wicked sense of humor regarding certain aspects of her life; she didn’t make excuses for the disappointments; she experienced things and she moved on. And Vega showcases this with great detail, honesty, and respect.

Nonetheless, Vega is joined on stage by composer Joe Iconis on piano and Andy Stack on guitar and harmonium. Vega and composer Duncan Sheik (of “Barely Breathing” fame) penned music for the play.

Carson McCullers Talks About Love runs through June 5th at Rattlestick Theatre (224 Waverly Place, between Perry and W. 11th St.). For more show info, please visit

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