5 Can't-Miss Events At The Tennessee Williams Festival

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More than 30 years after his death, Tennessee Williams is still one of the most well-loved playwrights in the world. His prolific writing earned him recognition world-wide and his plays continue to be performed around the globe. St. Louis had quite an impact on Williams’ work, and Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis brings the prolific playwright’s work to the St. Louis streets. From May 11-15, Tennessee Williams Festival will have a number of events and conferences for you to attend. To help you decide which ones you must attend, we narrowed down the list into five can’t-miss events.

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1/ “From Streetcar to Milk Train” / An Evening with Olympia Dukakis
May 12 The Sun Theater
Actress Olympia Dukakis and David Kaplan discuss Dukakis’ performances and preparation. Enjoy monologues from “The Rose Tattoo,” “Milk Train” and other Williams plays, along with some surprising passages from William Shakespeare, revealing the depth of her relationship with Tennessee Williams’ words.

Update: As of May 9, Olympia Dukakis will not be appearing at the festival due to illness. Instead, the festival offering a performance of “A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot” at 8pm, May 12 at the beautiful new Curtain Call Lounge in place of the above event.

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2/ The St. Louis Rooming House Plays
May 13-15 The Stockton House
Tennessee Williams’ plays were famous for transporting people from their everyday lives into a world in which they could lose themselves . In these four short plays set in St. Louis, we see an unlucky girl retains her pride in “Hello from Bertha;” a veteran shoe salesman gets restored to glory in “The Last of My Solid Gold Watches;” a fearless mistress asserts her power in “The Pink Bedroom;” and a touring chorus girl tries to settle down in St. Louis—but with the wrong man in “In Our Profession.”

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3/ “The Two Character Play”
May 11-15 at The Wednesday Club
“The Two Character Play” follows two actors—a brother and sister—who meet in an empty playhouse where they are supposed to perform. The play explores the idea of reality and make-believe and the ghosts who haunted Williams’ body of work.

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4/ “Jeremy Lawrence: What’s Next on the Agenda, Mr. Williams”
May 11 at Curtain Call Lounge, May 12-15 at Kranzberg Studio
Played by Jeremy Lawrence, Tennessee Williams talks about his life, the theatre, the act of writing, his will to survive and his great loves, his sister Rose and his lover, Frank Merlo. Outrageous and confessional, Williams’ tell-all is wrought with emotion as he discusses the setting of his first masterpiece and his greatest emotional and mental crises.


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5/ Hirschfeld Unveiling/Exhibition
May 11–15 at Kranzberg Studio
Hirschfeld set off to capture Tennessee Williams’ unique point-of-view in life, taking literal details from the playwright’s own poetry. Hirschfeld captured Williams’ work and intensified the viewing experience for the audience with his latest artwork.

Purchase your tickets today. Photos courtesy of Tennessee Williams Festival.

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