TENNESSEE WILLIAMS: WISHFUL THINKING
September 27-30, 2018
The shows for the 13th Annual Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival will be announced at the Annual Dinner on June 2, 2018.
This year's theme explores the drama of anticipation. We are all, in America and around the world, waiting for something to happen. 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.
In the meantime, while you're waiting, you can explore the shows from last year's Festival...
Tennessee Williams & Shakespeare
September 21-24, 2017
The 2017 Festival presented 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 experienced Williams and Shakespeare side by side, which offered a new understanding of both playwrights. The four-day extravaganza presented 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.
Lift a tankard or two, and sing along with Provincetown’s wonderful singers and the Festival’s international musicians for an evening of Ballads and Beer.
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.
An intimate trip up, through, and over the spectacular Provincetown dunes, where you’ll visit a shack where Tennessee Williams wrote and sip champagne while lingering over the long Atlantic sunset.
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.