Tennessee in Foreign Tonguesby Tennessee Williams
directed by David Kaplan
Provincetown Tennessee WIlliams Theater FestivalSpecial Presentation
Prestigious foreign language productions of Williams’ plays began soon after his Broadway success. The playwright was actively involved in casting, the directors involved were internationally renowned. Luchino Visconti directed the first stage production of The Glass Menagerie in Italy, Jean Cocteau directed the French premiere of Streetcar. In Russia and its cultural satellites in Europe and Asia, Williams became a part of the staple repertory, in particular Streetcar, which was interpreted as an example of the “Soviet” man challenging the mores of old gentility.
The program is hosted by curator David Kaplan and demonstrates a range of languages, including (but not limited to) clips from:
The Night of the Iguana in Portuguese.
Suddenly Last Summer in Russian.
The Eccentricities of a Nightingale in Cantonese.
Noir et Blanc – film adaptation of “Desire and the Black Masseur” in French.