Fifth Annual Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis to Run May 7—17
By: Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis
The theme of the 2020 Festival is "Tennessee Williams & Italy." Williams frequently traveled to Italy, recalling in his Memoirs: "As soon as I crossed the Italian border, my health and my life seemed to be magically restored. There was the sun and there were the smiling Italians." He wrote to his grandfather, "It is diﬃcult to tear myself away from Italy which is the nearest to heaven that I have ever been, the people so friendly, gentle and gracious and the days so tranquil and sunny."
In that spirit the Festival will mount a stunning production of The Rose Tattoo, set in a resilient community of Sicilian immigrants on the Gulf Coast near New Orleans.
Executive Artistic Director Carrie Houk has consulted extensively with our region's Italian-American community to ensure their engagement and to provide authenticity.
Festival highlights include:
▪ Williams' Tony award-winning masterpiece The Rose Tattoo 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,"
▪ 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 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"; "Tennessee Williams Tribute" at Guido's on The Hill; the "Williams Playwriting Initiative;" panels, parties, conversation, and much more.
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 go on sale March 1 through Metrotix and at the Fox box oﬃce. For more information, go to https://www.twstl.org/