SEPTEMBER 26 - 29, 2019

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TENNESSEE WILLIAMS and yukio mishima

September 26-29, 2019

Unconventional theater from America and Japan

This year's festival will present plays by Tennessee Williams and Yukio Mishima, perhaps Japan's most provocative author. Born a world apart, Williams and Mishima became good friends in the late 1950s. Williams willingly fell under Japanese influence for over a decade, up until 1970, the year Mishima died.

"Confessions, pain, and ghosts are some of the strongest connections between Williams and Mishima," says Festival Curator David Kaplan. "Does fear have an aesthetic? Mishima and Williams make plays out of fear. Does evil have some attraction, some beauty, especially the beauty that has the potential to annihilate us?"

Read the full Q&A with Kaplan about the themes of this year's programming.

The full line-up of shows in the 14th Annual Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival will be announced at the Annual Dinner in Provincetown on Saturday June 1, 2019.


The Night of the Iguana at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

The Night of the Iguana


South African and American artists stage Williams' vision of madness, endurance, and grace in a new production inspired by Japan's traditional Noh theater.

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The Lighthouse at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

The Lighthouse


Unspoken desire suddenly breaks the surface of a post-war family's placid life in Mishima's passionate drama from 1949, produced in a new English-language translation. More about

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