TENNESSEE WILLIAMS and yukio mishima
September 26-29, 2019
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.
“Williams and Mishima wrote plays in which glamorous illusions hang over realities the way Blanche hung a paper lantern over a bare light bulb in A Streetcar Named Desire,” says Festival curator David Kaplan. “The lantern and the illusions might get ripped down, but in the meantime we get magic — and Williams and Mishima propose that ugliness, evil, and pain are also illusions we might rip down.”
South African and American artists stage Williams' vision of madness, endurance, and grace in a new production inspired by Japan's traditional Noh theater.
Mishima’s outrageous camp classic about a glamorous jewel thief and the handsome detective she enthralls.
The power of poetry seals two strangers’ fates in this charming one-act romance set by Williams in ancient Japan.
Temptation gets the better of two panicked shop assistants in Mishima’s madcap physical comedy, performed on a double bill with a traditional Japanese version of the same story.
A New Orleans queen brings a rough sailor into her garden.
and the Provincetown Theater
DRAMA — GHOST STORY
An apparition haunts a hospital bed in this modern version of an ancient Japanese Noh play. The highly acclaimed production from South Africa is performed with puppets, masks, and live actors.
created and performed by Runn Shayo
A former boarding-house tenant recalls his strange company in this gritty elegy adapted from a Williams short story.
Unspoken desire breaks the surface of a post-war family's placid life in Mishima's passionate drama from 1949, in a new English-language translation.
It's a night of festivities, music, and laughter — with wigs! Come out for a solo show performed by Yuhua Hamasaki: drag queen, seamstress, dancer, comedian, and star of 'The Black Lizard' on Festival Sunday.
This nighttime cabaret is the Provincetown debut for Yuhua, who is perhaps best known for competing on the tenth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.
Composer and pianist George Maurer leads an ensemble of Festival artists in a bouquet of music ranging from hymns to Japanese folksongs and Maurer’s new settings of poetry by Williams, Mishima, and Rilke.
This entertaining 90-minute lesson on Tennessee Williams and this year’s plays will brief audiences on the playwrights, with handy insights about our lineup of performances.
Box Office Location
368-B Commercial St.
(at the corner of Arch Street)
Shirt Shop Location
336 Commercial St.
(at the entrance to the Pilgrim House)
Wednesday, Sept 25, 10am-8pm
Thursday, Sept 26, 10am-8pm
Friday, Sept 27, 10am-8pm
Saturday, Sept 28, 10am-8pm
Sunday, Sept 29, 10am-5pm
Hours By Phone
866-789-TENN (8366) Ext. 1
Monday to Friday, 9am-9pm
Saturday and Sunday, 10am-6pm
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