SEPTEMBER 27 - 30, 2018

Jeremy Lawrence as Tennessee Williams in TENN at TOWN HALL, 2015. Photo by Josh Andrus

2018 Press Releases

Just Published: Provincetown TW Theater Festival 2018 Magazine (9-11-18)

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JUST PUBLISHED:
PROVINCETOWN TENNESSEE WILLIAMS THEATER FESTIVAL

2018 Magazine

Festival guide features essay on this year's theme
WISHFUL THINKING
plus show details, performance schedule, dining guide, and more
 

Festival line-up includes works by Williams, Lorca, Chekhov, and Beckett

SEPT 27-30
in Provincetown

September 11, 2018 — (Provincetown, MA) The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival is happy to announce that the digital edition of this year’s Festival magazine is now available online at twptown.org.

Printed copies of the magazine, which are free to all Festival patrons and Provincetown visitors, are now available for pick-up at local businesses and destinations.

The 13th Annual Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival is called Wishful Thinking. The 2018 lineup of shows features five Tennessee Williams plays alongside works by Federico García Lorca, Anton Chekhov, and Samuel Beckett.

Artists from New York City, Philadelphia, Florida, Michigan, Texas, and beyond will arrive in Provincetown to produce and perform this year’s line-up of shows, which includes the world premiere of the Williams play Talisman Roses, directed by Marsha Mason and featuring Amanda Plummer. The play is produced by The Collective NY.

Roses feature prominently in Festival shows this year, including in The Rose Tattoo — one of Williams’ most passionate and romantic comedies, starring Festival favorite Irene Glezos and directed by Dana Greenfield — and in Lorca’s Doña Rosita the Spinster, directed by Festival Curator David Kaplan in collaboration with Texas Tech University.

This year’s program also includes: Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya in a brand-new translation by John Freedman of the Moscow Times, produced by Arb Arts from Ann Arbor, Michigan and directed by Katherine Mendeloff; an imaginative rendering of the Beckett novella Company by Lane Savadove and Philadelphia’s EgoPo; and a new performance piece by Brenna Geffers called Menagerie of Angels, in which Philadelphia’s Die-Cast ensemble leads audiences through a series of haunted encounters with figures from Tennessee Williams’ dreams.

Jeff Glickman and the Pensacola Little Theatre present the Williams drama Will Mr. Merriwether Return From Memphis? and a dark comedy by Williams called Some Problems for the Moose Lodge will be directed by Rory Pelsue and produced by The Collective NY. Some Problems for the Moose Lodge is paired with the Williams play Steps Must Be Gentle, a fantasia about the death and afterlife of the poet Hart Crane.

Also on the docket: an adaptation by Brenna Geffers of a wild new comic book by Mark Russell, The Snagglepuss Chronicles, which reimagines the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon character as a closeted Southern playwright living in New York City. This special staged reading with Festival artists is based upon the six issue comic series Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, published by DC Comics.

The Festival also features parties, post-show mixers, educational classes, and exclusive donor events throughout the four-day celebration.

 

About the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival was founded in 2006 in Provincetown — the birthplace of modern American theater — where Williams worked on many of his major plays during the 1940s. The TW Festival is the nation’s largest performing arts festival dedicated to celebrating and expanding an understanding of the full breadth of the work of America’s great playwright. Each year, theater artists from around the globe perform classic and innovative productions to celebrate Williams’ enduring influence in the 21st century, hosted by venues throughout the seaside village. For more details, visit twptown.org and follow the Festival on Facebook.

The Festival is funded in part by the Provincetown Tourism Fund and the Mass Cultural Council, and is presented by the Pilgrim House.

Announcing the 2018 Festival Season: WISHFUL THINKING (6-7-18)

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PROVINCETOWN TENNESSEE WILLIAMS THEATER FESTIVAL
ANNOUNCES 2018 SEASON:

WISHFUL THINKING

Academy Award nominee Marsha Mason directs the
festival’s 12th world premiere of a Tennessee Williams play
 

Line-up includes works by Williams, Lorca, Chekhov, and Beckett

June 7, 2018 — (Provincetown, MA) Tennessee Williams knew the drama of waiting, both in his life and in his writing, making his plays richer, sadder, and more joyous. His insights into waiting inspire the theme of Wishful Thinking for the 13th Annual Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival.

The 2018 lineup of shows features five Tennessee Williams plays alongside works by Federico García Lorca, Anton Chekhov, and Samuel Beckett, produced and performed by artists from New York City, Philadelphia, Florida, Michigan, Texas, and beyond. 

This year’s line-up features the world premiere of Talisman Roses, a Williams one-act that Tom, not yet Tennessee, was moved to write after a visit to his older sister Rose in a state psychiatric ward. Never before seen on stage, this tender and vivid piece about the fragility of the mind is staged by distinguished actor and director Marsha Mason and produced by The Collective NY.

Roses feature prominently in Festival shows this year, including in The Rose Tattoo – one of Williams’ most passionate and romantic comedies, starring Festival favorite Irene Glezos and directed by Dana Greenfield – and in Doña Rosita the Spinster, Lorca’s lyrical final play about an artless young woman who waits in Spain for her beloved to return from Argentina, in a production directed by Festival Curator David Kaplan in collaboration with Texas Tech University.

This year’s program also includes: Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya in a fresh translation by John Freedman of the Moscow Times, produced as an immersive and intimate site-specific show by Arb Arts from Ann Arbor, Michigan and directed by Katherine Mendeloff; an imaginative rendering of the Beckett novella Company by Lane Savadove and Philadelphia’s EgoPo, who produced the 2016 Festival hit The Hairy Ape, directed by Brenna Geffers; an adaptation by Geffers of a wild new comic book by Mark Russell, The Snagglepuss Chronicles, which reimagines the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon character as a closeted Southern playwright living in New York City; and a new performance piece by Geffers called Menagerie of Angels, in which Philadelphia’s Die-Cast ensemble (last year’s Pericles) leads audiences through a series of haunted encounters with figures from Tennessee Williams’ dreams.

Also this year: a production from Jeff Glickman and the Pensacola Little Theatre of the Williams drama Will Mr. Merriwether Return From Memphis? that blends fantasy and reality into a colorful ghost story; and a dark comedy from New York City called Some Problems for the Moose Lodge that skewers family, religion, aging, and madness in a way only Williams can. Directed by Rory Pelsue and produced by The Collective NY, Some Problems for the Moose Lodge is paired with the Williams play Steps Must Be Gentle, a fantasia about the death and afterlife of the poet Hart Crane.

The Festival also features parties, post-show mixers, educational classes, and exclusive donor events throughout the four-day celebration.

The drama of anticipation inspires this year’s programming, says Kaplan. “We are all, in America and around the world, waiting for something to happen,” he says. “We don’t know what it is, but we can feel something is coming. Does waiting unsettle us? Does it paralyze our will to act? Does it give us hope, or cause for despair?”

After last year’s globe-trotting season, which paired Williams plays with works by Shakespeare, Festival Board President Patrick Falco says he is intrigued to see audiences and artists turn inward this year. “These beautiful plays remind us how much of reality we build for ourselves, and of the power our own stories have over us,” he says. “Even the simple act of waiting is full of discovery.”

The program includes:

 

Plays by Tennessee Williams:

 

THE ROSE TATTOO
Romantic Comedy
directed by Dana Greenfield
featuring Irene Glezos

Festival star Irene Glezos explodes as the Sicilian widow Serafina in this luscious Williams fable of loss, faith, and rebirth.

After the fiery death of her husband, Serafina, the village seamstress, shuts herself in her cottage and makes an altar of his ashes. But Serafina has, as she says “A wild thing in the house” – her 17-year-old daughter Rosa delle Rose.

Set in a close-knit Sicilian-American enclave on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, The Rose Tattoo is arguably Williams’ most joyful play, which The New York Times calls “an intoxicating fairy tale for grown-ups.”

Festival favorite Irene Glezos (Orpheus Descending, 2010 and 2011; In the Summer House, 2013 and 2014) returns in a tour-de-force as Serafina. The Festival production comes from New York City and is directed by Dana Greenfield.

 

TALISMAN ROSES
World Premiere
The Collective NY / New York, New York
directed by Marsha Mason

Tennessee Williams imagines flowers might restore a crushed soul in this unpublished one-act, performed for the first time under the direction of distinguished actress and director Marsha Mason.

Tom Williams, not yet “Tennessee,” wrote Talisman Roses as a student at the University of Iowa. Set in a suburb of St. Louis, the play is rooted in Williams family sorrow. In 1937, his sister Rose suffered a mental collapse and was taken to a state asylum. When his mother took him to see her there, he was shocked that her windows were barred. Rose’s doctors recommended shock: insulin shock, electric shock.

Williams wrote Talisman Roses that same year and named the play for the yellow and orange roses popular in the 1930s for bridal bouquets. The play presents a young woman in the same condition as Rose, released into the care of her family. Williams suggests the delivery of a bouquet could shock her back into enjoying her life. The play has never been published or performed.

Talisman Roses, the Festival’s 12th world premiere of a Tennessee Williams play, will be directed by Marsha Mason, who is herself from St. Louis and has been nominated four times for an Oscar. It will be performed alongside several other world premiere short plays on the theme of waiting by Charlene A. Donaghy (Gift of an Orange, 2012), and Festival newcomer Joseph Paprzycki.

The program is produced by The Collective NY, New York’s ensemble of professional theater artists dedicated to the belief that the current conditions of commercialized theatre necessitate collective action.

 

WILL MR. MERRIWETHER RETURN FROM MEMPHIS?
Ghost Story
Pensacola Little Theatre / Pensacola, Florida
directed by Jeff Glickman

For every shadow there is a bright light shining in this high-spirited ghost story, a play with music and dance accompanied by banjo.

In Bethesda, Mississippi, as the 19th century turns into the 20th, the widowed landlady Louise McBride pines for her former flame and star boarder, Mr. Merriwether. He’s a traveling salesman who went off to Memphis, and he’s been gone so long he might be dead.

To distract herself, Louise holds séances with Nora, her neighbor with a potty mouth and a heart of gold. But the ghosts they conjure, among them the ghost of Vincent Van Gogh, seem as lost in death as Nora and Louise are in life.

The play is produced by the Pensacola Little Theatre – ongoing since 1936 – and directed by Jeff Glickman, whom Festival audiences will happily remember from his production of 27 Wagons Full of Cotton (2010).

 

SOME PROBLEMS FOR THE MOOSE LODGE
Dark Comedy
with STEPS MUST BE GENTLE
The Collective NY / New York, NY
directed by Rory Pelsue

Williams’ satirical wit is on full display in the haunted home of a flailing Mississippi family, where Gothic comedy is shadowed by hysteria – and hysterical laughter.

Cornelius and Bella McCorkle come home to Pascagoula after the funeral of their fun-loving gay son. To Bella’s delight and Cornelius’s derision, they discover their other son has moved into their house for a visit with his fiancée: a pregnant holy roller who speaks in tongues.

The McCorkle family tradition is to ward off disaster with denial. Attacks of guilt, fear, disappointment, hemorrhoids, over-eager police officers, and an arriving ambulance are countered by happy memories, the old boy network, and a peanut butter sandwich.

Moose Lodge is paired with Steps Must Be Gentle, Williams’ fantasia about the poet Hart Crane. Both plays are directed by Rory Pelsue and produced by The Collective NY, New York’s ensemble of professional theater artists dedicated to the belief that the current conditions of commercialized theatre necessitate collective action.

 

Plays by Other Writers:

 

DOÑA ROSITA THE SPINSTER
by Federico García Lorca
Poetic Drama
Texas Tech University / Lubbock, Texas
directed by David Kaplan

In the south of Spain, Rosita maintains a young girl’s trusting heart for 25 years in the great Spanish poet/playwright Federico García Lorca’s tender play with songs and music.

Beginning in the 1890s, Rosita waits in her rose garden for her fiancé to return, while her friends grow older and the world moves on into the era of automobiles and dirigibles.

The passage of time has consequences; hope brings beauty and pain. If ever there was a play most like Tennessee Williams but written by somebody else, this is it.

Doña Rosita the Spinster is directed by Festival Curator David Kaplan. In keeping with the childlike faith of Rosita and her family, the Festival production is cast with a talented ensemble of children and adults. Songs and dances turn the Wharf House at the Provincetown Marina into Andalucía, backed by a harpist and a guitarist playing classical Spanish music.

The production is a collaboration with Atkins Middle School of Lubbock, Texas, in association with Texas Tech University’s School of Theatre and Dance. Doña Rosita is Texas Tech’s third time producing for the Festival. Festival audiences will remember the “outrage for the stage” Kirche Küche Kinder (2016) and that Slapstick Tragedy The Gnädiges Fräulein (2017). Doña Rosita provides something very different: heart-on-the sleeve hope.

 

UNCLE VANYA
by Anton Chekhov
Environmental Theater
Arb Arts / Ann Arbor, MI
directed by Katherine Mendeloff

A new translation of Chekhov’s “scenes of country life” premieres in Provincetown as an immersive and intimate show. The audience is in the room where Vanya, the longtime caretaker of a quiet Russian country estate, sees his extended family arrive at the beginning of each season and depart at the end of it. This summer, a lot of people fall in love, and everyone waits for that wished-for love to be returned. Vacation ends, they are still wishing and waiting when Sonya says:

“We shall live through the long procession of days before us, and
through the long evenings; we shall patiently bear the trials that
fate imposes on us... We shall rest. We shall hear the angels. ...

In a new translation by Moscow Arts critic John Freedman, directed by Katherine Mendeloff (The Notebook of Trigorin, The Pink Bedroom, Summer at the Lake) and produced by Arb Arts from Ann Arbor, Michigan, the show uses live music and autumn roses to capture the sly humor and heartbreak of Chekhov’s look at longing for what won’t happen.

When he was asked who influenced him most, Williams said, “Chekhov! Chekhov! Chekhov!” – exclamation points included. The great Russian playwright is the master of our festival theme this year of waiting and wishful thinking.

 

COMPANY
by Samuel Beckett
Sensory Drama
EgoPo Classic Theater / Philadelphia, PA
directed by Lane Savadove

Sound, not sight, carries audiences through this inspired rendering of the voices one hears in one’s head.

In one of Beckett’s most powerful narratives, a body lies in the dark, listening to voices. Is the listener lying between life and death? Between sleeping and waking? Are the voices memories? Delusions? Dreams?

In this mind-opening production, you are that listener lying in the dark.

With eyes closed, lie comfortably on your back, and drift into another place. Past, present, and future spiral together in Beckett’s haunting novella, adapted for a listening audience by Lane Savadove and EgoPo, the Philadelphia-based company who brought us Brenna Geffers’ The Hairy Ape in 2016.

Savadove’s staging of Company has been a singular theatrical experience of the work of the Irish playwright Samuel Beckett (best known for Waiting for Godot) for over two decades. Beckett concluded his novel, The Unnamable, with the words “I can’t go on. I’ll go on.” The motto might sum up all the plays of this season.

Live violin music adds to the soundscape of a story that is not so much told as lived together. Leave your expectations at the door and enter a space where only you and the play exist.

 

Plus special events:

 

THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES
Live Comic Book
by Mark Russell
adapted for the stage by Brenna Geffers

Hanna-Barbera’s classic Saturday morning cartoon character is reborn as a droll 1950’s Southern playwright in Mark Russell’s wild new comic book miniseries, presented as a staged reading.

Broadway fame, star-studded parties, and confessional limo rides on down-low visits to the Stonewall Inn: this is the world of Snagglepuss in Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, the bestselling new series written by comic book mastermind Mark Russell.

Released by DC Entertainment in six issues through the first half of 2018, this re-imagining sees America’s beloved pink mountain lion as – Heavens to Murgatroyd! – a discreetly gay playwright under attack by the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Set during the “Red Scare” panic over communism, the idea began with Mark Russell sending tweets as Snagglepuss in the voice of Tennessee Williams. The resulting comic series, Exit Stage Left, featuring Mike Feehan and a rotating roster of artists, is a hard-hitting political satire of mid-century fame, shame, and social change.

Brenna Geffers, whose Philadelphia company Die-Cast staged last year’s Pericles, teams up with Mark Russell for a special staged reading that brings Hanna-Barbera’s lovable hero to life. Celebrity guest stars appear in cameos as Huckleberry Hound, Marilyn Monroe, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker, and the Rosenbergs. Not to be missed, it is an unexpected comic understanding of Williams as iconic American.

 

MENAGERIE OF ANGELS
A First Draft
Die-Cast / Philadelphia, PA
created and directed by Brenna Geffers

This is an opportunity to be part of the birth of a new performance piece at the intersection of time, space, and longing.

Menagerie of Angels is the response by director Brenna Geffers (who staged The Hairy Ape and Pericles) to the challenge, given by Curator David Kaplan, to create something unexpected for Festival audiences. Inspired by the Tennessee Williams title Something Cloudy, Something Clear – and a quote from that play: "Life is all — it's just one time. It finally seems to all occur at one time."

The result is a braiding of ghost stories, where figures that might be out of Tennessee Williams’ dreams are stuck between life and death: waiting, eternally present, eternally alone, eternally expectant.

This new work by Philadelphia’s Die-Cast ensemble invites its audience to follow five tales that divert, lead astray, then weave together into an impossible love story. Audience members may follow the characters that interest them in the order that interests them. As characters overlap spatially, the audience can break off and follow different characters, or simply remain in one location and watch who passes through. As audiences roam, they become haunters themselves.

Menagerie of Angels is performed in the Wharf House at the Provincetown Marina – where time is a snapshot, a closed loop, and the space itself is a character.

Festival-goers will be the first to experience this site-specific piece from Die-Cast in residence in Provincetown, helping to write Menagerie of Angels’ second draft.

 

WILLIAMS 101
Discussion
with Patricia Navarra and Katherine Mendeloff

This entertaining 90-minute lesson on Tennessee Williams and this year’s plays will brief audiences on the playwrights, with handy insights about our lineup of performances.

Hosted by Patricia Navarra of Hofstra University and Katherine Mendeloff of the University of Michigan, Williams 101 is the perfect opportunity to brush up on your Tennessee Williams and discover how his works have shaped this year’s theme of waiting.

With brief, informative backgrounds on this year’s playwrights, the discussion will prime your pump for a weekend of theater. Peppered with Festival artists, Williams 101 provides audience members with practical insights into the thematic through-lines of the Festival lineup.

 

About the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival was founded in 2006 in Provincetown — the birthplace of modern American theater — where Williams worked on many of his major plays during the 1940s. The TW Festival is the nation’s largest performing arts festival dedicated to celebrating and expanding an understanding of the full breadth of the work of America’s great playwright. Each year, theater artists from around the globe perform classic and innovative productions to celebrate Williams’ enduring influence in the 21st century, hosted by venues throughout the seaside village. For more details, visit twptown.org and follow the Festival on Facebook.

The Festival is funded in part by the Provincetown Tourism Fund and is presented by the Pilgrim House.

Festival to Host Live and Silent Art Auction at the Annual Dinner (5-16-18)

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PROVINCETOWN TENNESSEE WILLIAMS THEATER FESTIVAL
TO HOST LIVE AND SILENT
ART AUCTION
DURING JUNE 2 GALA CELEBRATION

Items include works from Provincetown galleries,
hand-made instruments from the National Theatre of Ghana,
and summer events with Tony Kushner and Michael Cunningham

 

May 16, 2018 — (Provincetown, MA) The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival will host an auction of locally donated artworks and other items as part of its Annual Dinner celebration on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

Held at Town Hall (260 Commercial Street) in Provincetown, the gala supports the 13th-annual Festival, to be presented in venues throughout Provincetown September 27-30, 2018.

The silent auction will run from 6:30 – 8:30pm and is open only to ticketed guests at the Annual Dinner. It will feature items such as tickets to the Summer Salon series. Attendees at Summer Salon events will have the opportunity to meet and converse with notable figures, including Tony Kushner and Michael Cunningham, in an informal setting during July and August.

The live auction begins at 8:00pm, and is open to the public.

Absentee bids are accepted until noon on June 1, 2018. Email info@twptown.org for information on how to place an absentee bid.

Acclaimed stage and screen actor Amanda Plummer is the guest of honor at this year’s Dinner, and will also receive the Festival’s second annual TENN Award. General admission tickets to the Annual Dinner, as well as premium seats and table sponsorships, are now on sale online at twptown.org and by phone at 866-789-TENN.

The Festival is pleased to present the following items for auction at the Annual Dinner:

 

Silent Auction
6:30 – 8:30pm

  • A Summer Salon with Tony Kushner
    Date to be determined, summer 2018 / Truro, MA

Provincetown boasts some of the world's most politically relevant literary figures. Come spend an intimate evening over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in a lovely Truro home with award-winning playwright, essayist, screenwriter, and activist Tony Kushner.

  • A Summer Salon with Michael Cunningham
    Late August, 2018 / Provincetown, MA

Meet the Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Michael Cunningham in a friendly conversation over dinner and drinks in Provincetown's East End, where you can relax and do a deep dive into The Hours or A Home at the End of the World with the author himself.

  • Hand-Made African Instruments

Own a piece of history! These two hand-carved djembe drums and African balaphone from Accra, Ghana were played by Godwin Awador in last year's Ten Blocks on the Camino Real on a five-city U.S. tour, including Provincetown. Proceeds from the auction of these items will go to the artists from the National Theatre of Ghana and the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival.

 

Live Auction
8:00pm
Open to the public

  • Jo Hay, “Whiskey,” 2017
    Oil on canvas, 24x30
    Gallery 
    Price: $3500 / Reserve: $2000

Jo Hay is a contemporary British American portrait painter whose work focuses on acknowledging human courage characterized by those who dare to stand up and express who they are or what they believe. “The rabbit paintings, which I also consider portraits, are a place for me to find new ways of constructing a living figure without being concerned with facial likeness or gender.” Inspired by the current political climate Hay is also developing a series of large-scale portraits of women who are making outstanding efforts with regard to human rights. Donated by Jo Hay Gallery.

  • Marian Roth, “At the Wharf: Blue”
    Archival Deluxe Cibachrome Direct Positive Print, 21x12 Framed
    (Image created in a multiple aperture pinhole tube camera, signature in verso)
    Gallery Price: $1000 

Marian Roth moved to Provincetown in 1982 to fulfill a dream of living and making art in a community of creative people. She has never thought of leaving. Well-known in the world of photography for her innovative camera obscura work, Marian has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pollock Krasner Fellowship, a fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and was honored with a lifetime award for artistic excellence by PAAM. She currently exhibits in Provincetown with AMP Gallery.

  • KJ Shows, “Blue Jacks”
    Oil on Canvas, 30x40 
    Gallery Price: $4000 / Reserve: $2500

KJ Shows, a Texas-born Maine resident is a full-time artist that uses highly-skilled observation and meticulous attention to detail in her work. Because shoes are an extension of the human foot on its journey through life, KJ Shows believes that shoes have an ability to record and recall life’s memorable moments and sentiments. Donated by Jo Hay Gallery.

  • John Dowd, “Across Pilgrim Lake”
    Oil on Linen, 30x40
    Gallery Price: $8500

This large-scale landscape is a bit of a departure for John Dowd, whose iconic images of Cape houses and streetscapes have become synonymous with Provincetown realism. The Festival is pleased to offer this stunning rendering of the view from Pilgrim Lake in bright, expressionistic hues, where the low purple horizon line gives way to a brilliant orange sky. John Dowd has been called the "poet painter of Provincetown." His nostalgic images are rigorously composed to capture the subtleties of light, creating a delicate and emotional experience for the viewer. Unsurpassed in popularity, his work is available at the Williams Scott Gallery.

  • Private Chef’s Dinner for Six
    Strangers & Saints, Provincetown
    Value: $2300

Embark on a journey of Italian food and wine with Executive Chef and Sommelier Fred Latasa-Nicks from Strangers & Saints Restaurant in Provincetown. You and 5 of your guests will enjoy an intimate evening at Strangers & Saints to be scheduled in the Fall of 2018. Mr. Latasa will introduce and explain each course and wine pairing as you taste the delights of Italy. This will be an unforgettable evening for the lucky group who wins this item.

  • Adopt-A-Show!

In our ever-popular Adopt-a-Show auction, you can make a bid to help underwrite a production! As an “Adopt-a-Show” supporter, you will have a chance to meet the cast of the show you’re backing during the Festival in September, as well having your name listed on the website as a contributor.

 

About the 2018 Annual Dinner

The 2018 Festival is entitled Tennessee Williams: Wishful Thinking. The line-up of shows will feature Williams plays alongside works by Lorca, Chekhov, and Beckett, produced and performed by Festival artists and collaborators from New York City, Philadelphia, Michigan, Texas, and beyond. Details of the Festival’s full program will be announced on the evening of the Dinner.

The evening will begin with a cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m. with beer, wine, and champagne, followed by dinner at 7:15 p.m. Over dinner, Festival Curator David Kaplan will announce this year’s artistic programming with a sneak peek performance of The Rose Tattoo by Festival star Irene Glezos (Orpheus Descending, In the Summer House), with Vance Quincy Barton. Glezos will go on to perform the lead role of Serafina in September. It is, Hall-Flavin says, “a role that Irene was born to play.”

After the meal, guest of honor and TENN Award recipient Amanda Plummer will discuss her life and career in an on-stage interview.

The evening of June 2 also marks the release of single tickets for Festival shows and events, which will become available online and by phone after the season announcement at the Annual Dinner. Carte Blanche and Flex passes, which allow for patrons to attend multiple shows at a discount, are currently available for purchase, and can be redeemed for specific shows and events beginning on June 2.

The Festival’s Gala Committee is chaired by Jim Mauro, with board members Deborah Bowles and Albert Carey, Jr. The Festival thanks sponsors Cosmos Catering, Devil’s Purse Brewing Company, and Fleur du Cap Wines.

 

About the 2018 Festival Theme

The drama of anticipation inspires this year’s programming, says Kaplan. “We are all, in America and around the world, waiting for something to happen,” he says. “We don’t know what it is, but we can feel something is coming. Does waiting unsettle us? Does it paralyze our will to act? Does it give us hope, or cause for despair?”

Waiting and anticipation are primary forces in the works of Samuel Beckett, Federico García Lorca, and Anton Chekhov (whose writing influenced Tennessee Williams). Productions from these three world-renowned playwrights will also be presented this year, along with the work of Williams.

Tennessee Williams famously said that he began to write A Streetcar Named Desire with a vision he had of a woman sitting in the moonlight, waiting for someone who never arrived. That vision, says Kaplan, also haunts Williams’ The Rose Tattoo, whose central role, Serafina, waits for her husband to return from work. Within the first lines of that play, the theme for this year’s Festival becomes clear:

Assunta: Vengo, vengo. Buona sera. Buona sera. There is something wild in the air, no wind but everything’s moving.

Serafina: I don’t see nothing moving and neither do you.

Assunta: Nothing is moving so you can see it moving, but everything is moving, and I can hear the star-noises. Hear them? Hear the star-noises?

Here is a sense “nothing is moving so you can see it moving,” says Kaplan, but that it moves nonetheless, and that “the unseen turbulence of a person’s feelings and thoughts is somehow aligned or in sync with the stars – a fate unknown but inevitable.”

 

About the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival was founded in 2006 in Provincetown — the birthplace of modern American theater — where Williams worked on many of his major plays during the 1940s. The TW Festival is the nation’s largest performing arts festival dedicated to celebrating and expanding an understanding of the full breadth of the work of America’s great playwright. Each year, theater artists from around the globe perform classic and innovative productions to celebrate Williams’ enduring influence in the 21st century, hosted by venues throughout the seaside village. For more details, visit twptown.org and follow the Festival on Facebook.

This Festival is funded in part by the Provincetown Tourism Fund, and is presented by the Pilgrim House.

Amanda Plummer to Receive TENN Award as Guest of Honor at the Annual Dinner (5-1-18)

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:                                        
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TONY AND EMMY-WINNING ACTOR
AMANDA PLUMMER
TO RECEIVE TENN AWARD
AS GUEST OF HONOR AT JUNE 2 CELEBRATION
FOR THE PROVINCETOWN TENNESSEE WILLIAMS THEATER FESTIVAL

 

May 1, 2018 — (Provincetown, MA) The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival is pleased to announce acclaimed stage and screen actor Amanda Plummer as the recipient of the Festival’s second annual TENN Award.

Plummer will accept the award as guest of honor at the Festival’s Annual Dinner at Town Hall (260 Commercial Street) in Provincetown on Saturday, June 2, 2018. The gala supports the 13th-annual Festival, to be presented in venues throughout Provincetown September 27-30, 2018.

General admission tickets to the Annual Dinner, as well as premium seats and table sponsorships, are now on sale online at twptown.org and by phone at 866-789-TENN.

The TENN Award honors an individual, group, or organization that advances the spirit of Tennessee Williams through performance, public awareness, study, or publication.

“Amanda Plummer has achieved the status of a Tennessee Williams virtuoso performer on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in regional theaters, too,” says Festival Curator David Kaplan. “The Festival is proud to call attention to the body of her work performing Williams over the years, from Laura in The Glass Menagerie (as daughter to Jessica Tandy’s Amanda), to last year’s Hannah Jelkes in The Night of the Iguana (as daughter to James Earl Jones).

“She’s created roles for the world premiere of Williams plays,” Kaplan says. “She’s reimagined classic Williams roles, memorably as Alma in Summer and Smoke. She brings to all her roles the passion and creativity that exemplifies the Festival’s mission to roll the spirit of Tennessee Williams out into the world through live performance.” 

Last year’s TENN Award went to theater director and educator Michael Kahn, who is now entering his final season as artistic director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. Festival Executive Director Jef Hall-Flavin says that he is honored to include Plummer as the distinguished list of TENN Award recipients grows.

“Our Festival has been an important catalyst for the resurgence of worldwide interest in Tennessee Williams’ lesser-known works,” says Hall-Flavin. “We have premiered eleven new plays by Williams since 2006, and our mission is to champion his avant-garde spirit worldwide. Amanda’s body of work is inspiring to us, and we look forward to acknowledging her work in-person.”

Plummer says she is very honored to receive this award, and looks forward to attending the Annual Dinner. She adds that she has not yet been to Provincetown, but looks forward to getting to know the town, as well as the natural landscape and National Seashore, over the course of several days.

 

About Amanda Plummer

For decades, Plummer has given life to the work of Tennessee Williams. She played Laura Wingfield in a Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie in 1983, one year after her star performance as Agnes in the Broadway run of John Pielmeier’s Agnes of God (which earned her a Tony Award at age 24).

Over the years, she has shown a commitment to bringing lesser-known Williams plays to light, which has led to roles in productions of The Gnädiges Fräulein, Summer and Smoke, The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, The Two-Character Play, and the world premiere of The One Exception.

Last year, Plummer played the sketch artist Hannah Jelkes in American Repertory Theater’s revival of The Night of the Iguana – a performance that Bob Verini of Variety described as “superb.” In his review, Verini wrote that “Plummer has always excelled in playing delusional creatures with a sense of the fantastic … that otherworldly quality [is] grounded by age and experience now. Plummer completely, believably embodies this self-described Nantucket spinster who takes the world as it comes with no little wit and an endless supply of charity.”

Plummer is also an accomplished television and film actor. Her screen credits include roles in Joe Versus the Volcano, The Fisher King, Pulp Fiction, The World According to Garp, and on The Outer Limits and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

She has portrayed a colorful range of characters over the years, garnering two Tony Award nominations in addition to her win, as well as a Theatre World award, two Drama Desk awards, two Outer Critics Circle awards, a Boston Critics Circle award, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, three Emmy awards, a Hollywood Drama Critics Award, a Saturn Award, and a Cable Ace Award. She has received nominations from BAFTA, the Chicago Film Critics Association, the American Comedy Awards, the Cable Ace Awards, and the Golden Globes.

“The thing about passion is that it makes you dream yourself into the play's world and then the work comes from that,” Plummer told the Los Angeles Times in 1988, a few months after turning 30. “Without the need to do a play, the work becomes harder, it becomes work. If you have passion for it, you're halfway there already when it comes to creating something. It's easy to dream yourself into the character and living among the people.”

 

About the 2018 Annual Dinner

The 2018 Festival is entitled Tennessee Williams: Wishful Thinking. The line-up of shows will feature Williams plays alongside works by Lorca, Chekhov, and Beckett, produced and performed by Festival artists and collaborators from New York City, Philadelphia, Michigan, Texas, and beyond. Details of the Festival’s full program will be announced on the evening of the Dinner.

The evening will begin with a cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m. with beer, wine, and champagne, followed by dinner at 7:15 p.m. Over dinner, Curator David Kaplan will announce this year’s artistic programming with a sneak peek performance of The Rose Tattoo by Festival star Irene Glezos (Orpheus Descending, In the Summer House), with Vance Quincy Barton. Glezos will go on to perform the lead role of Serafina in September. It is, Hall-Flavin says, “a role that Irene was born to play.”

After the meal, guest of honor Plummer will discuss her life and career in an on-stage interview.

The Festival will also host a live auction featuring Provincetown artworks by John Dowd, Jo Hay, Marian Roth, and KJ Shows. The live auction will open to the public at 8 p.m. Throughout the evening, the Festival will offer a silent auction as well, featuring items such as tickets to the Summer Salon series. Attendees at Summer Salon events will have the opportunity to meet and converse with notable figures, including Tony Kushner and Michael Cunningham, in an informal setting during July and August.

The evening of June 2 also marks the release of single tickets for Festival shows and events, which will become available online and by phone after the season announcement at the Annual Dinner. Carte Blanche and Flex passes, which allow for patrons to attend multiple shows at a discount, are currently available for purchase, and can be redeemed for specific shows and events beginning on June 2.

The Festival’s Gala Committee is chaired by Jim Mauro, with board members Deborah Bowles and Albert Carey, Jr. The Festival thanks sponsors Cosmos Catering, Devil’s Purse Brewing Company, and Fleur du Cap Wines.

 

About the 2018 Festival Theme

The drama of anticipation inspires this year’s programming, says Kaplan. “We are all, in America and around the world, waiting for something to happen,” he says. “We don’t know what it is, but we can feel something is coming. Does waiting unsettle us? Does it paralyze our will to act? Does it give us hope, or cause for despair?”

Waiting and anticipation are primary forces in the works of Samuel Beckett, Federico García Lorca, and Anton Chekhov (whose writing influenced Tennessee Williams). Productions from these three world-renowned playwrights will also be presented this year, along with the work of Williams.

Tennessee Williams famously said that he began to write A Streetcar Named Desire with a vision he had of a woman sitting in the moonlight, waiting for someone who never arrived. That vision, says Kaplan, also haunts Williams’ The Rose Tattoo, whose central role, Serafina, waits for her husband to return from work. Within the first lines of that play, the theme for this year’s Festival becomes clear:

Assunta: Vengo, vengo. Buona sera. Buona sera. There is something wild in the air, no wind but everything’s moving.

Serafina: I don’t see nothing moving and neither do you.

Assunta: Nothing is moving so you can see it moving, but everything is moving, and I can hear the star-noises. Hear them? Hear the star-noises?

Here is a sense that “nothing is moving so you can see it moving,” says Kaplan, but that it moves nonetheless, and that “the unseen turbulence of a person’s feelings and thoughts is somehow aligned or in sync with the stars – a fate unknown but inevitable.”

 

About the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival was founded in 2006 in Provincetown — the birthplace of modern American theater — where Williams worked on many of his major plays during the 1940s. The TW Festival is the nation’s largest performing arts festival dedicated to celebrating and expanding an understanding of the full breadth of the work of America’s great playwright. Each year, theater artists from around the globe perform classic and innovative productions to celebrate Williams’ enduring influence in the 21st century, hosted by venues throughout the seaside village. For more details, visit twptown.org and follow the Festival on Facebook.

This Festival is funded in part by the Provincetown Tourism Fund, and is presented by the Pilgrim House (Sage Inn).

Tickets Now on Sale for the Annual Dinner (4-5-18)

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TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR THE
PROVINCETOWN TENNESSEE WILLIAMS THEATER FESTIVAL
ANNUAL DINNER

 

Saturday, June 2 at Town Hall in Provincetown

 

Gala dinner with live auction
supports the 13th-annual festival
thursday, Sept. 27 -- Sunday, Sept. 30

 

April 5, 2018 — (Provincetown, MA) The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival is pleased to announce that tickets to the Annual Dinner are now on sale. The Festival will host the gala on Saturday, June 2 at Town Hall in Provincetown. The fundraising event supports the Festival’s 13th annual program, which will play in venues throughout Provincetown September 27-30, 2018.

Premium seats, general admission tickets, and table sponsorships for the Annual Dinner are available online at twptown.org or by phone at 866-789-TENN.

The Annual Dinner will begin with a cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:15 p.m. Attendees can enjoy beer, wine, champagne, a multi-course dinner, and a live auction featuring Provincetown art. The art auction will open to the public at 8:15 p.m.

In addition, guests to the Dinner will be the first to hear the exciting 2018 Festival program, called Tennessee Williams: Wishful Thinking.

The Dinner will also continue its tradition of awarding the TENN Award to an individual, group, or organization that advances the spirit of Tennessee Williams through performance, public awareness, study, or publication. Michael Kahn, Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington D.C, was the first recipient of the TENN Award in 2017.

Guests of honor at past dinners have included award-winning stage and film actors Dana Delany (2017), Brian Dennehy (2016), Cherry Jones (2015), Zachary Quinto (2014), and Elizabeth Ashley (2013).

The evening of June 2 also marks the release of single tickets for Festival shows and events, which will become available online and by phone after the season announcement at the Annual Dinner. Carte Blanche and Flex passes, which allow for patrons to attend multiple shows at a discount, are currently available for purchase, and can be redeemed for specific shows and events beginning on June 2.

Festival board members Deborah Bowles and James Mauro will co-chair the event, and the Festival thanks sponsors Cosmos Catering and Devil’s Purse Brewing Company. Sponsorships are still available for this event.

Further news about the Dinner will be announced later this spring.

 

About the 2018 Festival Theme

The 2018 Festival is called Tennessee Williams: Wishful Thinking. This year’s line-up of plays will feature works by Williams and other much-loved writers in productions from Texas, Michigan, St. Louis, Philadelphia, and more.

The drama of anticipation inspires this year’s programming, says Festival Curator David Kaplan. “We are all, in America and around the world, waiting for something to happen,” says Kaplan. “We don’t know what it is, but we can feel something is coming. Does waiting unsettle us? Does it paralyze our will to act? Does it give us hope, or cause for despair?”

Waiting and anticipation are primary forces in the works of Samuel Beckett, Federico García Lorca, and Anton Chekhov (whose writing influenced Tennessee Williams). Productions from these three world-renowned playwrights will also be presented this year, along with the work of Williams.

Tennessee Williams famously said that he began to write A Streetcar Named Desire with a vision he had of a woman sitting in the moonlight, waiting for someone who never arrived. That vision, says Kaplan, also haunts Williams’ The Rose Tattoo, whose central role, Serafina, waits for her husband to return from work. Within the first lines of that play, the theme for this year’s Festival becomes clear:

Assunta: Vengo, vengo. Buona sera. Buona sera. There is something wild in the air, no wind but everything’s moving.

Serafina: I don’t see nothing moving and neither do you.

Assunta: Nothing is moving so you can see it moving, but everything is moving, and I can hear the star-noises. Hear them? Hear the star-noises?

Here is a sense that “nothing is moving so you can see it moving,” says Kaplan, but that it moves nonetheless, and that “the unseen turbulence of a person’s feelings and thoughts is somehow aligned or in sync with the stars – a fate unknown but inevitable.”

 

About the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival was founded in 2006 in Provincetown — the birthplace of modern American theater — where Williams worked on many of his major plays during the 1940s. The TW Festival is the nation’s largest performing arts festival dedicated to celebrating and expanding an understanding of the full breadth of the work of America’s great playwright. Each year, theater artists from around the globe perform classic and innovative productions to celebrate Williams’ enduring influence in the 21st century, hosted by venues throughout the seaside village. For more details, visit twptown.org and follow the Festival on Facebook.

This Festival is funded in part by the Provincetown Tourism Fund, and is presented by the Pilgrim House (Sage Inn).

Justin Hoffman Hired as Production Manager (2-22-18)

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JUSTIN hOFFMAN HIRED AS
PRODUCTION MANAGER AT THE
PROVINCETOWN TENNESSEE WILLIAMS THEATER FESTIVAL

 

SUNY Purchase alum joins staff
in advance of the 13th annual festival
september 27-30, 2018

 

February 22, 2018 — (Provincetown, MA) The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival is pleased to announce the hiring of Justin R. Hoffman as the Festival’s new Production Manager.

Hoffman, a graduate of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film at Purchase College State University of New York, currently lives in New York City, where he works as an Associate Production Manager and Co-Producer of live events for Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS.

In recent years, Hoffman has also worked as a lighting director, resident lighting designer, electrician, and production assistant. He holds a BFA degree in Theatre Design/Technology.

Hoffman joins a talented team of year-round and seasonal Festival staff from across the country who gather in Provincetown each September to produce a four-day program of shows, parties, classes, and special events throughout the seaside village, featuring artists from around the world.

“In looking to fill this important position, I knew the Festival needed someone professional and knowledgeable, yet also able to thrive and find fun in the festival adventure,” says Festival Producing Director Charlene A. Donaghy, who oversees the production staff. “Justin is perfectly cast, from understanding tech and organization, to swapping stories and laughter with staff. We are fortunate and excited that he is joining the Festival family.”

The Festival’s Production Manager is responsible for essential logistics, scheduling, and Festival-wide organization for all productions and events. Hoffman will work with Donaghy and with scenic, electrics, and sound supervisors on a wide range of production tasks including scheduling, budgeting, production logistics, database management, staff supervision, equipment rental and purchase, correspondence, community relations, and administration. Hoffman officially begins in his new position on May 30.

“It seems like the perfect match for my skills, especially the site-specific aspects of the Festival,” says Hoffman, who has visited Provincetown during the summer in recent years. 

Hoffman grew up on Long Island, where he worked as a teenager – then as a college student and graduate – at the Gateway Playhouse summer theater in Bellport, NY. The seasonal nature of work there, and then at SUNY Purchase and at Broadway Cares, has shaped his love of theater.

“Theater has always been a home away from home,” he says, “and the community aspect of it has always been appealing and important to me. Whether it’s the Broadway community or elsewhere, you and your friends are always on an off-schedule from the rest of the world. So, you really find your tribe through this work.”

He anticipates that certain facets of this new job will feel familiar to him from his work at Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS, where annual productions include Broadway Backwards, Easter Bonnet Competition, Broadway Bares, Broadway Flea Market, Gypsy of the Year, Hudson Valley Dance Festival, Broadway Barks, and Fire Island Dance Festival.

Hoffman says he looks forward to the rigors of September. “We want everything to be as planned out as possible ahead of time,” he says. “But the most exciting part is when you’re all really there, working out those plans together, and things come up. People have to think on their feet, and figure out how best to pull it all together and support the show. 

“Whatever your discipline,” he adds, “whether you’re a stage manager, a lighting person, a performer, a dancer, or a ticket sales agent, we are all here on the same team – whether ‘here’ is at a house in Provincetown, on the beach, or in a Broadway theatre. In that moment, your skills coalesce, and you’re all there for the same thing.”

 

About the 2018 Program 

The 2018 line-up of plays will feature works by Williams and other much-loved writers from around the world, produced and performed by Festival artists and collaborators both new and established.

The drama of anticipation inspires this year’s programming, says Festival Curator David Kaplan. “We are all, in America and around the world, waiting for something to happen,” says Kaplan. “We don’t know what it is, but we can feel something is coming. Does waiting unsettle us? Does it paralyze our will to act? Does it give us hope, or cause for despair?”

The Festival will announce its full 2018 Festival program of shows at the Annual Dinner gala on Saturday, June 2 in Provincetown, and online that same night at twptown.org. Tickets to the Annual Dinner go on sale in early March, at which point premium seats, general admission tickets, and table sponsorships will be available online and by phone at twptown.org or by calling 866-789-TENN.

 

About the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival 

The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival was founded in 2006 in Provincetown — the birthplace of modern American theater — where Williams worked on many of his major plays during the 1940s. The TW Festival is the nation’s largest performing arts festival dedicated to celebrating and expanding an understanding of the full breadth of the work of America’s great playwright. Each year, theater artists from around the globe perform classic and innovative productions to celebrate Williams’ enduring influence in the 21st century, hosted by venues throughout the seaside village. For more details, visit twptown.org and follow the Festival on Facebook.

This Festival is funded in part by the Provincetown Tourism Fund, and is presented by The Pilgrim House (Sage Inn).

Announcing the First Annual TW Birthday Bash (2-20-18)

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PROVINCETOWN TENNESSEE WILLIAMS THEATER FESTIVAL
ANNOUNCES THE FIRST ANNUAL

 

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS BIRTHDAY BASH
Sunday, March 25, 4pm - 6pm

 

Party at Provincetown's Pilgrim House (Sage Inn)
celebrates Williams' 107th birthday

 

Proceeds benefit the 13th annual festival
September 27-30, 2018

 

February 20, 2018 — (Provincetown, MA) The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival is pleased to announce the first annual Tennessee Williams Birthday Bash. The party kicks off a new spring tradition for the Festival by raising a glass to one of America’s great playwrights.

The casual-dress event will be held at The Pilgrim House (Sage Inn) at 336 Commercial Street in the seaside village of Provincetown – one of Williams’ formative homes – on Sunday, March 25, from 4pm to 6pm. Birthday Bash attendees can expect a lighthearted gathering of Williams fans, local artists and arts lovers, Festival staff, and new friends. 

Beloved Provincetown icon, “hat sister” Tim O’Connor, will make a special appearance as judge for the birthday hat-making contest (supplies provided). The winner will receive a pass to the 13th Annual Tennessee Williams Festival, and a gift basket with Festival merchandise and books on Tennessee Williams signed by author David Kaplan, the Festival’s curator and co-founder.

Party admission is available at the door, or at twptown.org, with a $20 minimum suggested donation. All proceeds benefit the Festival in advance of its 13th annual program of shows, classes, parties, and special events at venues across Provincetown, featuring theater artists from around the world (September 27-30, 2018).

In addition to door prizes and ticket giveaways, party-goers can sample Williams’ favorite drinks, sing a round of “Happy Birthday” for one of P’town’s most beloved figures, eat birthday cake, and get a sneak preview of the 2018 Festival.

Plus: The Pilgrim House invites all to enjoy a special Tennessee Williams-themed $30 Prix Fixe dinner menu, served all weekend long (reservations suggested). To reserve seats, contact The Pilgrim House at (508) 487-6424. 

The Festival will announce its full 2018 Festival program of shows at the Annual Dinner gala on Saturday, June 2 in Provincetown, and online that same night at twptown.org. Tickets to the Annual Dinner go on sale in early March, at which point premium seats, general admission tickets, and table sponsorships will be available online and by phone at twptown.org or by calling 866-789-TENN.

 

About the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival was founded in 2006 in Provincetown — the birthplace of modern American theater — where Williams worked on many of his major plays during the 1940s. The TW Festival is the nation’s largest performing arts festival dedicated to celebrating and expanding an understanding of the full breadth of the work of America’s great playwright. Each year, theater artists from around the globe perform classic and innovative productions to celebrate Williams’ enduring influence in the 21st century, hosted by venues throughout the seaside village. For more details, visit twptown.org and follow the Festival on Facebook.

This Festival is funded in part by the Provincetown Tourism Fund, and is presented by The Pilgrim House (Sage Inn).

Jef Hall-Flavin to End Tenure as Festival Executive Director (1-9-18)

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JEF HALL-FLAVIN TO END TENURE AS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE
PROVINCETOWN TENNESSEE WILLIAMS THEATER FESTIVAL


2018 season to be announced on june 2
as national search begins for new executive

 

January 9, 2018 — (Provincetown, MA) Jef Hall-Flavin will step down later this year as Executive Director of the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, a four-day international event that will run from September 27-30, 2018.

Hall-Flavin, who joined the Festival as Producing Director in 2007 before stepping into his current role the following year, will remain Executive Director though the Festival’s Annual Dinner at Town Hall in Provincetown on Saturday, June 2. After this date, Hall-Flavin will consult regularly with Festival staff through the fall to provide continuity heading into the 13th annual Festival.

Hall-Flavin will also remain an active member of the Festival’s Board of Directors, further ensuring a smooth transition as the Festival continues to grow in its second decade.

This announcement follows on Hall-Flavin’s decision to begin international graduate studies in the arts. “For some time I have considered pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree,” says Hall-Flavin. “The Festival has always been a labor of love, a commitment I care about deeply. As it begins it 13th year, the Festival is on such strong footing with a talented, passionate staff and dedicated Board leadership. I feel this is the right time to step away from administration to open a new chapter in my life as a theater artist.”

An accomplished theater director, educator, producer, dramaturge, and arts administrator, Hall-Flavin served as the Associate Producer of the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, MN and as the Associate Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC before coming to Provincetown. 

As Executive Director of the Festival, Hall-Flavin directed many notable productions including Diff’rent by Eugene O’Neill, A Streetcar Named Desire and A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur by Williams, and several world-premiere Williams one-act plays including The Parade, Green Eyes, and The Enemy: Time. Most recently, he directed Williams’ absurdist drama The Gnädiges Fräulein for the 2017 Festival, a production that The Huffington Post called an “emotional roller-coaster” and an “excellent production of this difficult, but rewarding, play.”

“We will certainly miss Jef as Executive Director,” said Board President Patrick Falco. “He has made an indelible mark on this Festival, and on Provincetown, and we are thoroughly supportive of his choice to pursue this next personal and professional endeavor. With our dedicated staff leaders at the helm and with the support of a deep bench of talented team members, we are confident that this change in executive leadership will be smooth. Jef agrees that this is an opportunity for growth in the Festival’s development.” 

David Kaplan, who co-founded the Festival in 2006, remains its Curator. “I’m grateful for all of Jef’s hard work and sacrifice for the Festival, starting in 2007,” says Kaplan, “and I’m glad he’s found a way to pursue his dreams while staying on our Board. I’ve known Jef since 1992, so I’m confident in saying that this is not really a goodbye, merely a shift.”

Charlene Donaghy continues as the Festival’s Producing Director, a post she has held since 2008, and now also joins the Board of Directors. Donaghy will manage much of the Festival’s longtime core staff during the transition. Says Donaghy, “the Festival’s staff, Board members, David, and I are thrilled that Jef is pursuing such an important life goal. The dozens of staff members and hundreds of close friends, donors, local businesses, and colleagues on the national and global arts landscape who dedicate themselves to the Festival are so critical to our success. After leading the effort to nurture this community for more than a decade, we’re fortunate and thankful that Jef will remain an active presence as we work to build on this impressive legacy.”

Over the next few months, the Board of directors will work to establish additional details on recruitment and hiring.

“I am first and foremost a theater director,” says Hall-Flavin. “As I move on, I’m encouraged that the Board will be able to engage someone whose passion lies in administration and fundraising. I think this is a great moment in the Festival’s growth.”

 

About the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival was founded in 2006 in Provincetown — the birthplace of modern American theater — where Williams worked on many of his major plays during the 1940s. The TW Festival is the nation’s largest performing arts festival dedicated to celebrating and expanding an understanding of the full breadth of the work of America’s great playwright. Each year, theater artists from around the globe perform classic and innovative productions to celebrate Williams’ enduring influence in the 21st century, hosted by venues throughout the seaside village. For more details, visit twptown.org and follow the Festival on Facebook.

This Festival is funded in part by the Provincetown Tourism Fund, and is presented by Sage Inn and Lounge.

Dates and Theme Announced for the 2018 Festival (1-2-18)

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DATES ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2018
PROVINCETOWN TENNESSEE WILLIAMS THEATER FESTIVAL

 

13th annual festival brings four days of international arts to the Cape
Thursday, Sept. 27 -- Sunday, Sept. 30

Full season to be announced at the annual gala dinner
Saturday, June 2

 

January 2, 2018 — (Provincetown, MA) The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival is pleased to announce that its Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018. The gala will be held at Town Hall in Provincetown to support the organization’s 13th annual Festival, to be held September 27-30, 2018.

The 2018 Festival is entitled “Tennessee Williams: While We’re Waiting.”

The drama of anticipation inspires this year’s programming, says Festival Curator David Kaplan. “We are all, in America and around the world, waiting for something to happen,” says Kaplan. “We don’t know what it is, but we can feel something is coming. Does waiting unsettle us? Does it paralyze our will to act? Does it give us hope, or cause for despair?”

This year’s line-up of plays will feature works by Williams and other much-loved writers from around the world, produced and performed by Festival artists and collaborators both new and established. The 2018 Festival program will be announced in full at the Annual Dinner on June 2.

The 2018 Annual Dinner will also continue its tradition of awarding the TENN Award to an individual, group, or organization that advances the spirit of Tennessee Williams through performance, public awareness, study, or publication. Michael Kahn, Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington D.C, was the first recipient of the TENN Award in 2017.

Guests of honor at past dinners have included award-winning stage and film actors Dana Delany (2017), Brian Dennehy (2016), Cherry Jones (2015), Zachary Quinto (2014), and Elizabeth Ashley (2013).

Further details about the Annual Dinner will be announced soon, at which point premium seats, general admission tickets, and table sponsorships will be available online and by phone at twptown.org or by calling 866-789-TENN.

About the 2018 Festival Theme

Tennessee Williams famously said that he began to write A Streetcar Named Desire with a vision he had of a woman sitting in the moonlight, waiting for someone who never arrived. That vision, says Kaplan, also haunts Williams’ The Rose Tattoo, whose central role, Serafina, waits for her husband to return from work. Within the first lines of that play, the theme for this year’s Festival becomes clear:

Assunta: Vengo, vengo. Buona sera. Buona sera. There is something wild in the air, no wind but everything’s moving.

Serafina: I don’t see nothing moving and neither do you.

Assunta: Nothing is moving so you can see it moving, but everything is moving, and I can hear the star-noises. Hear them? Hear the star-noises?

Here is a sense that “nothing is moving so you can see it moving,” says Kaplan, but that it moves nonetheless, and that “the unseen turbulence of a person’s feelings and thoughts is somehow aligned or in sync with the stars – a fate unknown but inevitable.”

About the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival was founded in 2006 in Provincetown — the birthplace of modern American theater — where Williams worked on many of his major plays during the 1940s. The TW Festival is the nation’s largest performing arts festival dedicated to celebrating and expanding an understanding of the full breadth of the work of America’s great playwright. Each year, theater artists from around the globe perform classic and innovative productions to celebrate Williams’ enduring influence in the 21st century, hosted by venues throughout the seaside village. For more details, visit twptown.org and follow the Festival on Facebook.

This Festival is funded in part by the Provincetown Tourism Fund, and is presented by Sage Inn and Lounge.

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