Tennessee Williams & Shakespeare
September 21-24, 2017
This year’s Festival presents plays by Tennessee Williams and William Shakespeare: the two great poet playwrights of the English language -- both of whom mastered their craft while living in turbulent times.
Audiences will experience Williams and Shakespeare side by side, offering a new understanding of both playwrights. The four-day extravaganza presents shows all over town performed by theater companies from across the globe.
This acclaimed South African production of Shakespeare’s most famous play is inspired by records of a performance on board an East India merchant ship over 400 years ago.
A big-hearted Williams one-act about love and heroism, staged with West African flair in a performance full of vibrant song and dance, perfectly suited to the outdoor marketplace.
An ambitious golden boy's dreams run aground on the rocky shores of small-town Mississippi politics in Williams’ rarely-seen classic, staged by Festival favorites from South Africa.
Shakespeare’s thrilling Mediterranean adventure comes to life aboard the Rose Dorothea, a 66-foot fishing schooner, staged by the creators of last year’s hit, The Hairy Ape.
Williams’ hilariously bizarre one-act about ragged souls trapped in a cruel, surrealist version of Key West is hard to pronounce – and impossible to forget.
Shakespeare’s clowning and Williams’ grotesque humor fuse together in a fast-paced, slapstick recap of the Festival, from tears to triumphs to storms at sea – performed while speaking nary a word.
Actors from around the world gather at Town Hall for one performance that captures this year’s biggest ideas and themes, conceived by curator David Kaplan.
Worlds of hilarity and heartbreak await behind every door as you move from room to room enjoying works from both Williams and Shakespeare at the historic Gifford House Inn.
This entertaining 90-minute lesson on Tennessee Williams and William Shakespeare will brief you on the playwrights, with handy insights about our lineup of performances.