SEPTEMBER 27 - 30, 2018

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2012 - Tennessee Williams and Music

Year seven reminded us how important music was to Williams. In his seminal work, The Glass Menagerie, we're told, "In memory, everything seems to happen to music." So too with the dream-like Ten Blocks on the Camino Real, the seedy underscore of the French Quarter in Auto-da-Fe, and the ever-present storm brewing in Kingdom of Earth (an award-winning production from South Africa). We ushered in the birth of three new works: Gift of an Orange, based on a Williams short story; Autumn Song, Rilke and Williams poems set to music; and The Tennessee Williams Songbook, a jewel box of American standards from Williams plays. 

The Glass Menagerie - Her Fathers Records, Original White-Line Woodcut by Bill Evaul

The Glass Menagerie

THEATER
CLASSIC DRAMA
This bittersweet Williams masterpiece stars critically acclaimed Alabama actress Celeste Burnum, and sets the tone for the Festival, where “in Memory, everything seems to happen to Music.” More about
The Tennessee Williams Songbook - Blanche Variations - Original White-line Woodcut by Bill Evaul

The Tennessee Williams Songbook

MUSIC
The Festival culminates with a fabulous evening of American standards starring Broadway's Alison Fraser singing a memorable collection of songs found in Williams’ plays. More about
Gift of an Orange

Gift of an Orange

THEATER
DRAMA - WORLD PREMIERE
Inspired by Tennessee Williams' short story "Gift of an Apple,” this daring new play with music features African drums, performed in a hidden garden. Content Warning: Full Male Nudity More about
Ten Blocks on the Camino Real - The Blue Guitar, Original White-line Woodcut by Bill Evaul

Ten Blocks on the Camino Real

THEATER
TRAGICOMEDY WITH MUSIC
Masks, marionettes and a mariachi band enliven this impressionistic fantasy from Boston's Beau Jest Moving Theatre. More about
Auto-da-Fé - Charcoal study by Bill Evaul for the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

Auto-da-Fé

THEATER
DRAMA AND SPECTACLE
Tennessee Williams' short play set in the French Quarter of New Orleans with Boston's Hot Tamale Dixieland Brass Band in a feather-studded pageant. More about
Epilogue to the Kingdom of Earth - Charcoal study by Bill Evaul for the provincetown Tennessee Willliams Theater Festival

Kingdom of Earth

THEATER
DARKLY COMIC FABLE
A rarely-performed Tennessee Williams play comes to Provincetown from Cape Town, South Africa. More about
Autumn Song - Rilke and Williams - Charcoal study by Bill Evaul

Autumn Song

MUSIC
An evening of poems by Rainer Maria Rilke and Tennessee Williams set to inspiring music by Minneapolis composer George Maurer. More about
I Never Get Dressed Till After Dark on Sundays - Degra-desperation - Charcoal study by Bill Evaul

I Never Get Dressed Till After Dark on Sundays

THEATER
COMEDY - AMERICAN PREMIERE
The borders between comedy and tragedy dissolve in this hilarious nightmare of a rehearsal in which the actors complain to their Southern playwright. More about
Magnolia Jam - Gutarist 16 - Oil Painting by Bill Evaul

Magnolia Jam

MUSIC
Mississippi Blues meets Cape Cod Cool when local and Festival musicians jam with Terry “Harmonica” Bean. More about
The South is Everywhere

The South is Everywhere

FILM
DOCUMENTARY
A rare 45-minute film of the life and work of Tennessee Williams, as seen through the eyes of an Austrian-American filmmaker, aired on German Public TV on the day of the playwright's 100th birthday. More about
Williams 101 A Festival Survival Guide

Williams 101: Everything You Wanted to Know

DISCUSSION
This 60-minute lesson on Tennessee Williams will brief you on the playwright, with handy insights about our lineup of performances. More about
i Blues di Tennessee Williams - Good Vibes - White-line Woodcut by Bill Evaul

This Property is Condemned: i Blues di Tennessee Williams

THEATER
DRAMA INFUSED WITH MUSIC
From Bergamo, Italy, a live blues band infuses four short Williams plays with an emotional musical landscape. More about

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