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Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis to run May 7 – 17

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ST. LOUIS — The Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis will start on May 7 with The Rose Tattoo.  A preview performance of the play is set  for Thursday, May 7, with May 8 as the official opening night.

There will be more than a dozen separate elements, scheduled so that attendees may attend every one during  the eleven-day run, all held in the Grand Center Arts District and on The Hill.

This is the fifth year for the festival. The theme of the 2020 festival is “Tennessee Williams & Italy.”

Festival highlights include:

  • The Rose Tattoo, which is currently in revival on Broadway. The Rose Tattoo will be staged at The Grandel Theatre.
  • A new collection of Williams’ one-act plays, The St. Louis Rooming House Plays, will provide an immersive experience in Grand Center’s historic Stockton House, where audience members will move from room to room and play to play.
  • An academic series, “Tennessee Williams and his Midwest Experiences,” to discuss how Williams’ life in the Midwest influenced his later life and his works.
  • A variety of special events including: Tennessee Williams Bus Tour; La Dolce Vita Pool Party at the Last Hotel (formerly the International Shoe Company where Tennessee Williams worked); a staged reading of Glass (which imagines what transpired between Tennessee Williams and lead actress Laurette Taylor on the opening night of The Glass Menagerie) by Michael Aman; Amor Perdido, composed of Williams works that are new to the stage, from the University of Illinois; screenings of Italian-themed The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone and Boom; “TW Jam”, a late-night jam of poetry, monologues   and music; “Tennessee Williams Tribute” at Guido’s on The Hill; the “Williams Playwriting Initiative;” panels, parties, conversation, and more.

“We are proud that, in five years, the Tennessee Williams Festival has become one of St. Louis’ most widely attended and anticipated cultural events,” said Executive Artistic Director Carrie Houk, the festival’s founder, in a press release. “Last year, our attendance soared and we were showered with awards. In our fifth season, we aspire to go even further.”

Lead sponsorship of the festival is provided by Emerson.  The festival is also funded in part by Mary Strauss, Ken and Nancy Kranzberg, The Whitaker Foundation, Regional Arts Commission, the Missouri Arts Council, Missouri Humanities Council, Trio Foundation of St Louis and the Arts and Education Council.

Tickets will go on sale March 1 through Metrotix and at the Fox box office.

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