SEPTEMBER 27 - 30, 2018

Coffee with Lee Breuer and Maude Mitchell at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

Coffee With Lee Breuer and Maude Mitchell

SPECIAL EVENT

Join acclaimed director Lee Breuer, MacArthur Foundation “genius” Fellow, along with his collaborator Maude Mitchell, and TW Fest curator David Kaplan for a conversation about text, context, and shaking up the classics.

TW Festival

Provincetown, Massachusetts

Performances

This show was presented Sept 23, 2017
$35
Buy Tickets
Buy Passes
Plan Your Visit

Is there an American approach to Shakespeare? Might the route be through Tennessee Williams? Join acclaimed director Lee Breuer, MacArthur Foundation “genius” Fellow, along with collaborator Maude Mitchell, and TW Fest curator David Kaplan for a conversation about text, context, and shaking up the classics.

Lee Breuer is among the great directors of the world. His celebrated conceptions for Mabou Mines’ DollHouse (2002-2011, adapted from Ibsen), The Gospel at Colonus (ongoing since 1983, adapted from Sophocles), and Peter and Wendy (ongoing since 1996, adapted from J.M. Barrie) have gathered cult audiences, awards, and ecstatic reviews around the world.

Scot Surbeck PhotoHis stagings of Shakespeare’s plays have been daring, controversial, acclaimed, and derided. In 1981 he staged The Tempest for Joe Papp in Central Park, starring Raul Julia as Prospero and a collection of downtown stars (including Lola Pashalinski as a Mae West-like Trinculo). In 1990 he set King Lear in a Tennessee Williams inspired Southland with Ruth Malazech, who won an Obie playing the title role.

In 2011, he directed (Basil Twist designer, Maude Mitchell dramaturge) Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire at the Comédie Française in Paris. This led to an ongoing exploration with Maude of the resonance of The Glass Menagerie and the mythology of William’s writing. That journey began with a developmental performance in Provincetown at the 2011 TWFest.

Six years later, the work has come to focus on Williams as Romantic in the spirit of Mary Shelley, the creator of Frankenstein. Maude is the female lead, as well as the co-creator/adaptor with Lee. The piece will open at the new Mabou Mines theater this winter.

Maude Mitchell (actor, adapter, dramaturge, and one of the co-creators of The Laramie Project) and Lee Breuer have worked together for two decades on six continents. Maude played Nora in the stage and film versions (ARTE) of Mabou Mines DollHouse (adapted by them together), and was awarded a Drama league nomination, Back Stage West Garland, Elliot Norton, and an OBIE award for her performance.

Festival curator David Kaplan has known their collaborative work since DollHouse and Lee Breuer since 1977.

Website was developed by terry barth design +