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Nathalie Carrington in The Liberation of Colette Simple - Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

The Liberation of Colette Simple


Imported from London, this cabaret fantasy with live music pops the cork of a bottled-up shop-girl in “Primanproper” Massachusetts.
directed by Matt Peover

composer & music director Vincent Guibert

adapted from Tennessee Williams' play "The Case of the Crushed Petunias"

Spatfeather Productions

London, UK

Sponsored by

Crown and Anchor Provincetown

Adopted by

Robert M Gravis
Margaret Van Sant


2020 Box Office Location

To Be Announced

Hours In-Person: Festival Week

Wednesday, Sept 23, 10am-8pm
Thursday, Sept 24, 10am-8pm
Friday, Sept 25, 10am-8pm
Saturday, Sept 26, 10am-8pm
Sunday, Sept 27, 10am-5pm

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Monday to Friday, 9am-9pm
Saturday and Sunday, 10am-6pm


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A plucky experiment in theatrical form, witty edge and energy."
- The Guardian

About the Play


Colette Simple tends to her petunias and her shop, seemingly content in her life, with only her canary for company. Then a stranger wearing muddy boots comes through the door. His questions set her thinking; her answers set her free.

Small New England towns held some mystery for Mississippi-born Tennessee Williams. Among other short plays he placed in New England was a gothic thriller A Guest at the Gables and The Case of the Crushed Petunias, finished in Key West in 1941, set in Primanproper, Mass.

Subtitled A Lyrical Fantasy in a letter to his agent Audrey Wood, Williams suggests it “might do for the radio” and considered changing the locale to Blue Mountain, Mississippi. According to editor Thomas Keith, the first professional production on record of Petunias was presented in 1957 in Cleveland, Ohio by America’s oldest African–American ensemble, the Karamu Theatre.

The 2009 Provincetown festival production of Petunias, directed by Patrick Falco, was staged in a Commercial Street storefront as a highlight of our fourth season, The Fight for Life.

About the Production

“Charming and disarming quirkiness”
-TimeOut London

London’s Spatfeather ProductionsColette Simple transports Petunias to a musical theater here and now. The libretto, touching a line between faithful and irreverent interpretation of Williams’ work, is the teamwork of playwrights Robert Holman and Amy Rosenthal, lyricist Adam Meggido, cabaret king Desmond O’Connor, actress Honeysuckle Weeks, and rapper Charlie Dupré. It is a heady mix of songs, dance, and transformational acting. Vincent Guibert’s score delights and surprises with echoes of Broadway, Weimar cabaret, stuttering hymns to complacency, and a capella harmony.

With Nathalie Carrington as Colette, and Adam Byron playing, among other roles, the canary.

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