September 24 - 27, 2015

The 2015 shows will be announced on May 30, 2015


Circle of Friends Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival 2014

2014 Recap:

Tennessee Williams orbited the world among a constellation of friends: playwrights, painters, novelists and composers who, in the 1950s and early 60s were mainstream celebrities at the height of their artistic powers.

These acclaimed men and women kept their private lives private, but shared with each other their secrets and lovers, good parties, a love of words and alcohol, and a belief in hard work as salvation.

The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival invited audiences from aorund the world to come celebrate those friendships, with eye-opening productions of plays by Williams alongside those of his contemporaries.


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Illustration by David Chick

A Lovely Sunday For Creve Coeur

When four eccentric, unforgettable women end up together under one roof in St. Louis in the mid-1930s, high hopes meet with a creeping loneliness, and dashed plans mix uneasily with irrepressible dreams. More about
Illustration by David Chick

In The Summer House

This rarely performed cult classic thrilled Provincetown audiences last year in a remarkable outdoor staging of Act II. This year, the Festival stages the full play in and around the waters of the Provincetown Bay. More about
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Period of Adjustment

A "serious comedy," this light-hearted Christmastime play strikes a charming balance between loss and hope, and suggests that even after years of inner troubles, the gift of wistful optimism is still within reach. More about
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Vieux Carré

This haunting autobiographical play, set in a broken-down boardinghouse in New Orleans, reveals a young Tennessee Williams' musings on life through a series of interwoven vignettes, featuring a colorful array of characters. More about
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I Wish You'd Keep Still

This all-new pair of dances, inspired by two Tennessee Williams one-acts, blends movement and text to bring his stories to life in thrilling new shapes and sounds. More about
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The Lady Aoi

A ghostly apparition appears in a hospital room in this modern version of an ancient Japanese Noh play, adapted by Yukio Mishima and performed with puppets by the widely acclaimed Abrahamse-Meyer Company from South Africa. More about
An Otherwise Hopeless Evening - Illustration by David Chick

An Otherwise Hopeless Evening

Four one-act plays by William Inge take a kaleidoscopic look at unrequited love between men, and conservative Midwest culture. This theatrical mash-up, performed by an all-male ensemble, taps the light and dark humor running through four outrageous stories of pain and joy. More about
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The Member of the Wedding

Race, politics, sex, and adolescence swirl around twelve-year-old tomboy Frankie as she struggles with life in her small Southern town. The Festival's new staging, as a radio play with an all black cast, brings new attention to a touching and poetic classic by one of America's finest novelists. More about
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Williams 101: Everything You Wanted to Know

This 60-minute lesson on Tennessee Williams will brief you on the playwright, with handy insights about our lineup of performances. More about
Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival Kick-off Dinner

Dinner With Friends


Williams and his circle of friends knew the value of great food and drink. In the spirit of fine dining and friendship, join us at the Crown & Anchor on Thursday night for an unforgettable Festival kick-off full of old acquaintances and new faces alike. More about
Illustration by David Chick

John Lahr: Tennessee Williams & His Friends

John Lahr, author of a long-awaited Williams biography, sits down for a talk with editor Thomas Keith to discuss Williams' sweet and sour friendships with movie stars, writers, hangers-on, Tallulah Bankhead, and more of those who made up his circle of friends.


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