SEPTEMBER 21 - 24, 2017

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.

Marcel Meyer as Hamlet at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival - photo by Pat Bromilow-Downing

Hamlet

TRAGEDY AT SEA

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.

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Ten Blocks on the Camino Real at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

Ten Blocks on the Camino Real

OPEN-AIR DRAMA

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.

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Fiona Ramsay in Sweet Bird of Youth at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

Sweet Bird of Youth

SOUTHERN DRAMA

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. More about
Pericles at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

Pericles

PIRATE ROMANCE

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. More about
Rachel Hirshorn in The Gnadiges Fraulein at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival - photo by Andrea Bilkey

The Gnädiges Fräulein

ABSURDIST DRAMA

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. More about
Jay Stewart in Dumb Show and Noise at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

Dumb Show and Noise

SLAPSTICK

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. More about
Abena Takyi in Antony and Cleopatra at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival - photo by Ride Hamilton

Antony and Cleopatra

A LOVE FOR THE AGES

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. More about
The Hotel Plays 2017 at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

The Hotel Plays

ENVIRONMENTAL THEATER

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. More about
Ballads & Beer at the 2017 Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

Ballads & Beer

LIVE MUSIC

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. More about
Williams 101 2017 at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival - photo by Ride Hamilton

Williams 101

DISCUSSION

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. More about

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