SEPTEMBER 26 - 29, 2019

Past Festivals

Curator David Kaplan at the 2015 Tennessee Williams Theater Festival in Provincetown. Photo by Josh Andrus

David Kaplan is Curator and co-founder of the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival and the author of the book Tennessee Williams in Provincetown. He is the editor of Tenn at One Hundred,  the centennial anthology on the subject of Tennessee Williams' reputation.

In 1993 he directed and designed the Russian premiere of Suddenly Last Summer in Russian at the Gorky Theater of Samara. In 2003 Mr. Kaplan directed Tennessee Williams’ The Eccentricities of a Nightingale in Cantonese at the Hong Kong Repertory Theater, and in 2008 in Chicago, he staged the critically acclaimed world premiere of Williams' The Day on Which a Man Dies.

Other Williams plays he’s directed: The Dog Enchanted by the Divine ViewTalk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen, Frosted Glass Coffins, A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot, The Traveling Companion, and The Chalky White Substance.

For decades he has staged cultural collisions of classic Western texts in unexpected languages: a Sufi King Lear in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, performed in the Uzbek language; Genet’s The Maids in Ulaan Baator, Mongolia, performed in Mongolian; A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Buryatia, performed in the Buryat language. In Russia Mr. Kaplan directed the first Russian productions of Auntie Mame and Eugene O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness! Also in Russia, Macbeth.

Plays directed by Mr. Kaplan have appeared in over 40 of the 50 United States. 



Charlene A Donaghy - Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival - photo by Josh AndrusCharlene A. Donaghy is the Producing Director for the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival. Charlene’s plays have been produced in New York, Boston, New Orleans, Memphis, Los Angeles, and around the United States, with recognition in Great Britain and Canada.

Madison Square Productions holds the option to produce Charlene’s full-length play The Quadroon and the Dove in New York City and beyond. Hansen Publishing Group publishes Bones of Home and Other Plays, a collection of Charlene’s plays.

Other publications include Best American Short Plays, 25*10-Minute Plays for Teens, and Estrogenius, a Celebration of Female Voices.

Charlene is also the Festival Director of the Warner International Playwrights Festival and Co-Producer of the ATHE New Play Development Workshop. She teaches playwriting and theatre at University of Nebraska, is a founding member of Boston’s Proscenium Playwrights, a core member of NYC’s 9th Floor Playwrights, a member of The Playwrights Center in Minnesota, and Connecticut Regional Representative of The Dramatists Guild of America.


Thomas Keith is the Literary Director for the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival. He has edited over sixteen Williams titles for New Directions since 2001 and is responsible for bringing out much of Williams’ late work, including two full-length plays and three volumes of previously unpublished one-acts. Keith organizes the seminars for Tennessee Williams Institute for the PTWT Festival and his interviews with Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson (2008), Lanford Wilson (2009), William Jay Smith (2010), Mitch Douglas (2012), and John Lahr (2014), are Festival highlights.

Keith began his career as an actor starring in Sam Shepard’s Geography of a Horse Dreamer, the plays of Peter Hedges, Ellen Stewart’s La MaMa E.T.C., as well as The Public, Milwaukee Rep., Great Lakes Theater Festival, INTAR, Champlain Shakespeare, P.S. 122, and Naked Angels, with directors including Tom O’Horgan, Edward Cornell, Terry Gilliam, John Vaccaro, Jeff Weiss, Sharon Ott, and Clifford Williams.

Advisor to the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival and the Tennessee Williams Theatre Co. of New Orleans, Keith served as dramaturg at The Sundance Institute Theater Lab, reader for the Yale Drama Prize, and Creative Producer for the Drama League-nominated Off Broadway revival of The Mutilated.

Keith has written extensively on Williams and is the co-editor of The Selected Letters of Tennessee Williams and James Laughlin, forthcoming from W.W. Norton in 2018. He teaches at Pace University and The Atlantic Theater Company Acting School.


Festival Director Jef Hall-Flavin at the 2015 Tennessee Williams Theater Festival in Provincetown. Photo by Josh AndrusJef Hall-Flavin served as the Executive Director for the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival until 2018. He directed Eugene O’Neill’s Diff'rent, as well as three world-premiere Tennessee Williams one-act plays, The Parade (2006), Green Eyes (2008), and The Enemy: Time (2009), among many other plays.

Recent directing projects include Orpheus Descending in New Orleans; The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire both of which he staged in New Zealand; and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Park Square Theatre in his home town of St. Paul, Minnesota.

As Associate Director of The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., he assisted Michael Kahn and Bill Alexander on several productions, directed As You Like It in a co-production with the Kennedy Center, and restaged Mark Lamos’ production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Shakespeare Free-For-All, as well as the Aspen Institute’s Ideas Festival.

Jef developed and directed a touring production commissioned by the Guthrie Theater called The Stuff of Dreams, and was also the artistic director of Outward Spiral Theatre Company in Minneapolis from 1998 - 2003, where he directed and produced ten plays, including a critically acclaimed production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

In addition to directing, Jef has been an instructor, curriculum developer, guest lecturer at many venues, including the University of Minnesota (BFA program), Concordia University, Stages Theatre Company, Hofstra University, Hamline University, Stephens College, George Mason University, and Mayo Medical School.


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