SEPTEMBER 26 - 29, 2019

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.”

 

Kathleen Turner Master Class at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

Kathleen Turner Master Class

A living legend explores the craft of acting in this one-of-a-kind lesson on how choices are made onstage. More about
The Night of the Iguana at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

The Night of the Iguana

DRAMA

South African and American artists stage Williams' vision of madness, endurance, and grace in a new production inspired by Japan's traditional Noh theater. More about
The Black Lizard at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

The Black Lizard

PSYCHEDELIC MYSTERY

Mishima’s outrageous camp classic about a glamorous jewel thief and the handsome detective she enthralls. More about
The Lady from the Village of Falling Flowers at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

The Lady from the Village of Falling Flowers

WORLD PREMIERE

The power of poetry seals two strangers’ fates in this charming one-act romance set by Williams in ancient Japan. More about
Busu at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

Busu

FARCE — WORLD PREMIERE

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. More about
And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens...

TRAGIC COMEDY

A New Orleans queen brings a rough sailor into her garden. More about
The Lady Aoi at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

The Lady Aoi

presented by the Provincetown TW Festival
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. More about
The Angel in the Alcove at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

The Angel in the Alcove

with "Airing Old Clothes"
created and performed by Runn Shayo

DRAMA

A former boarding-house tenant recalls his strange company in this gritty elegy adapted from a Williams short story. More about
The Lighthouse at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

The Lighthouse

ENGLISH-LANGUAGE PREMIERE

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. More about
Yuhua Comes to Town! at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

Yuhua Comes to Town!

LATE-NIGHT LAGNIAPPE

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. More about
Songs I Learned from my Grandmother at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

Songs I Learned from my Grandmother

LATE-NIGHT LAGNIAPPE

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. More about
Williams 101 at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

Williams 101

DISCUSSION

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. More about

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)

Hours In-Person

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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2019 Festival Magazine

Click here for our 2019 Festival magazine, featuring essays, show descriptions, schedule details, dining info, and more!

Print copies of the magazine are available free to all patrons during Festival week.

 

 

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