Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival
This year’s line-up features the world premiere of "Talisman Roses," a Williams one-act that Tom, not yet Tennessee, was moved to write after a visit to his older sister Rose in a state psychiatric ward. Never before seen on stage, this tender and vivid piece about the fragility of the mind is staged by distinguished actor and director Marsha Mason and produced by The Collective NY. Roses feature prominently in Festival shows this year, including in "The Rose Tattoo" – one of Williams’ most passionate and romantic comedies, starring Festival favorite Irene Glezos and directed by Dana Greenfield – and in "Doña Rosita the Spinster", Lorca’s lyrical final play about an artless young woman who waits in Spain for her beloved to return from Argentina, in a production directed by Festival Curator David Kaplan in collaboration with Texas Tech University. This year’s program also includes: Chekhov’s "Uncle Vanya" in a fresh translation by John Freedman of the Moscow Times, produced as an immersive and intimate site-specific show by Arb Arts from Ann Arbor, Michigan and directed by Katherine Mendeloff An imaginative rendering of the Beckett novella "Company" by Lane Savadove and Philadelphia’s EgoPo, who produced the 2016 Festival hit "The Hairy Ape," directed by Brenna Geffers An adaptation by Geffers of a wild new comic book by Mark Russell, "The Snagglepuss Chronicles," which reimagines the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon character as a closeted Southern playwright living in New York City A new performance piece by Geffers called "Menagerie of Angels," in which Philadelphia’s Die-Cast ensemble (last year’s Pericles) leads audiences through a series of haunted encounters with figures from Tennessee Williams’ dreams. A production from Jeff Glickman and the Pensacola Little Theatre of the Williams drama "Will Mr. Merriwether Return From Memphis?" that blends fantasy and reality into a colorful ghost story. A dark comedy from New York City called "Some Problems for the Moose Lodge" that skewers family, religion, aging, and madness in a way only Williams can. Directed by Rory Pelsue and produced by The Collective NY, "Some Problems for the Moose Lodge" is paired with the Williams play "Steps Must Be Gentle", a fantasia about the death and afterlife of the poet Hart Crane. The Festival also features parties, post-show mixers, educational classes, and exclusive donor events throughout the four-day celebration. Tickets to individual shows, as well as multi-show discount passes, are available by phone at (866) 789-TENN and online at twptown.org. Ticket pick-up at festival is located at Pilgrim House.