SEPTEMBER 26 - 29, 2019

Past Festivals





2008 - The Healing Power of Love

The third Festival concentrated on the inspirational images of love in Williams’ writing with a dozen events, including the world premiere of Tennessee Williams’ erotic play Green Eyes. Special guests: Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson, and Olympia Dukakis.

The Shell Collection by Wendy Kesselman - part of Young Love, 2008 / Photo: Sofia Piel

Young Love

Young Love is the name for this year’s annual collection of new short plays, written on a theme from Williams. Featuring plays with at least one high-school aged character, the 2008 theme centers on Love. Produced by New Provincetown Players, 2008 playwrights included Wendy Kesselman, among others. More about
Nancy Cassaro in The Dog Enchanted by the Divine View, 2008 / Photo: Sofia Piel

The Dog Enchanted by the Divine View

The Dog Enchanted by the Divine View is Tennessee Williams' first version of The Rose Tattoo. A juicy Sicilian widow on a date with a truck driver will feature Nancy Cassaro, the original "Tina" from Tony N' Tina's Wedding, paired with Larry Coen, winner of last year's Charles Eliot Norton Award (for six different character roles). Dog is directed by Festival curator David Kaplan and will be shown with the Academy Award-winning 1955 film of The Rose Tattoo. More about
Lorita from DanceLoop Chicago, 2008 / Photo: Sofia Piel

Lorita! (Happy August the Tenth)

Lorita! (Happy August the Tenth) from Chicago’s DanceLoop Theater, a danced adaptation of a short story by TW. Two mannish business-women live together through a sweltering New York August with a parrot named Lorita. Choreographed by DanceLoop Chicago’s Paula Frasz, her company will perform the dance floor of the Paramount Room at the Crown and Anchor. More about
Camino Real, Brooklyn on Foot, 2008 / Photo: Sofia Piel

Camino Real

Camino Real as street theater returns. Williams' phantasmagoria from Brooklyn on Foot was a hit last year at the Aquarium Mall. Directed by Sarah Michelson, a troupe of five actors, aided by a musician and a garbage can, embodies such legendary personalities as Jacques Casanova, Lord Byron, Camille and Don Quixote, as well as over forty other roles walking the tightrope between fate and free will. We're making plans for this year's Camino Real is to be held around the swimming pool of the Crown and Anchor. More about
David Kaplan hosts Tennessee in Foreign Tongues / Photo: Sofia Piel

Tennessee in Foreign Tongues

Tennessee in Foreign Tongues includes a selection of video scenes from the Portuguese production of Night of the Iguana, as well as scenes from other foreign language productions, including a Russian Suddenly Last Summer, a Cantonese footage of Eccentricities of a Nightingale, scenes from the French version of Williams' Desire and the Black Masseur, and other plays by Williams performed in different languages. Dubbed and subtitled into English. Festival curator David Kaplan will introduce the scenes. More about
Summer and Smoke / Photo: Sofia Piel

Love Songs from Summer and Smoke

Summer and Smoke is an opera based on the play by Tennessee Williams with music by Lee Hoiby, libretto by Lanford Wilson. The New England Conservatory of Music will present a concert version of Love Songs from Summer and Smoke directed by Mark Astafan. More about
Mary Bacon and Todd Gearheart in the TACT production of Eccentricities of a Nightingale / Photo: Sofia Piel

The Eccentricities of a Nightingale

Scenes from Williams' favorite version of Summer and Smoke, in a production by The Actor's Company Theater, performed by Todd Gearhardt and Mary Bacon as Alma Winemiller, who was hailed by the New York Times as a standard by which to judge all Almas. More about
Benny Briseno in Rancho Pancho, Classic Theatre of San Antonio, 2008, / Photo: Sofia Piel

Rancho Pancho

Rancho Pancho is a new play written by former Los Angeles Times journalist Gregg Barrios about Williams and his Mexican partner Pancho Rodriguez. The other characters are Carson McCullers (with whom Williams and Pancho shared a summer home in Nantucket) and pioneer stage director Margo Jones (who was in Ptown for Brando’s Streetcar audition. Rancho Pancho is the inaugural production of the Classic Theatre of San Antonio from Texas. Directed by Diane Malone. More about
Jaimi Paige & Mike Rasmussen in the world premiere of Green Eyes, 2008 / Photo: Sofia Piel

Green Eyes with Adam and Eve on a Ferry

Green Eyes, Tennessee Williams' erotic play in its world premiere, is directed by Jef Hall-Flavin. A young couple in a hotel in New Orleans' French Quarter wake up from their honeymoon. Paired with Williams early “Adam and Eve on a Ferry”. Jaimi Paige plays the young bride of Green Eyes and also the repressed woman in Ferry seeking the advice of D.H. Lawrence, played by Robertson Dean. More about
Olympia Dukakis appearing at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, 2008 / Photo: Sofia Piel

Olympia Dukakis - From Streetcar to Milktrain

Olympia Dukakis, Academy Award Winner for Moonstruck, will appear in Provincetown in a program that will reveal the depth of her relationship with Williams' words. Olympia has been performing roles written by Williams since she played Stella in Streetcar during her first professional work -- summer stock in Maine. She's played Maxine in Night of the Iguana at Williamstown; Serafina in The Rose Tattoo (three times over the course of almost 30 years); The Glass Menagerie's Amanda at Trinity Rep; and Flora Goforth in Milk Train in Hartford this season and in Williamstown in 1996. More about
Anne Jackson and Eli Wallach at the 2008 Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival / Photo: Sofia Piel

Coffee with Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson

Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson will offer insight into the work of Tennessee Williams in a onversation over coffee. The couple met when they both appeared in Williams' This Property Is Condemned in 1946 and married two years later. On Broadway, Wallach created the central role of Kilroy in Williams' Camino Real (1952) and the role of the truck-driver in The Rose Tattoo (for which he won a Tony Award in 1951). Jackson earned Tony nominations for Williams' Summer and Smoke (1948), in which she created the role of Nellie Ewel, and recreated the role for the acclaimed Off-Broadway production directed by Jose Quintero. Wallach made his film debut in 1956, in Elia Kazan's production of Williams' Baby Doll, for which he received a British Academy Award. Patrons of the third annual Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival will have the opportunity to enjoy coffee with veteran stage and screen stars Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson. The famous pair will offer insight into the work of Tennessee Williams in a conversation over coffee on the final morning of the weekend celebration of the work, life and legacy of America's great playwright. More about

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