SEPTEMBER 21 - 24, 2017

Sweet Bird of Youth at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival - photo by Ride Hamilton

Sweet Bird of Youth

by Tennessee Williams

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.
directed by Fred Abrahamse

featuring Marcel Meyer and Fiona Ramsay


In association with the TW Festival

Cape Town, South Africa


Thursday Sept 21, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday Sept 22, 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Saturday Sept 23, 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sunday Sept 24, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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Set in the Gulf Coast village of Saint Cloud, where small-town politics are as rotten as any in the state of Denmark, Sweet Bird of Youth tracks the fading dreams of a traveler returning home. Marcel Meyer plays the gigolo Chance Wayne as a mirror to Hamlet: another princely hero who is expected to save the day and does not.

Like Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Sweet Bird is a drama of hesitation and inaction that asks: what does it mean to be a king or queen, and what does it mean to be a hero?

Alongside Chance, the former movie star Alexandra Del Lago (traveling incognito as Princess Kosmonopolis)—played here by South African film and stage star Fiona Ramsay – faces her own uncertain future.

This all-new production of Sweet Bird of Youth is paired in repertory with Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Hamlet. Both shows are directed by Fred Abrahamse, whose Festival credits include The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, Kingdom of Earth, and Desire Under the Elms.

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