"Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis: En Avant!" to Air on Classic 107.3

By: Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis
ST. LOUIS - Sept. 30, 2020 - PRLog -- The Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis (TWStL) moves to the airwaves this November 5th through the 15th.  It centers on Williams' most famous and personal play, "The Glass Menagerie," featuring works that illuminate the artistry of his St. Louis-based masterpiece.

"The theme of this Festival - En Avant! – was Williams' signature phrase. Always moving onward, he found strength through fragility. Says Executive Artistic Director Carrie Houk. "We see this same forward-looking mindset all around us as we look beyond today's challenges towards the chance to benefit from the lessons. "En Avant!" captures the essence of our programming and also what we have experienced since the world changed in March."

The key elements of this eleven-day Festival will air multiple times on Classic 107.3, and all will be streamed for two weeks on both TWStL.org and Classic1073.org. Each performance will be followed by expert commentary from noted Williams scholars.

The Festival's three main performances will be:

The Glass Menagerie - Williams' greatest, most famous, and most personal play. Directed by Brian Hohlfeld. Starring Brenda Currin, Bradley James Tejeda, Elizabeth Teeter and Chaunery Kingsford.
You Lied to Me about Centralia, by John Guare - Picks up the story of Jim, the Gentleman Caller, immediately after he leaves the Wingfield home to meet Betty, his fiancée. Directed by Rayme Cornell. Starring Chauncy Thomas and Julia Crump.
Glass by Michael Aman - Takes us forward in time to when "The Glass Menagerie" is about to open in Chicago, on the way to Broadway. In this multi-layered one-act play, the budding playwright meets the lead actress before she goes on. Directed by Gary Wayne Barker. Starring Bradley James Tejeda and Kari Ely.

Other programming includes two different one-man performances by acclaimed Williams actor Jeremy Lawrence: Tom and Rose and The Man in the Overstuffed Chair. They are drawn from the words and works of Williams and dramatize Williams' relationships with both his sister and his father during his years in St. Louis.

There will also be a Scholars Conference curated by Tom Mitchell (TWStL Scholar-In-Residence), featuring conversations with Houk, Annette Saddick (Professor of Theatre at CUNY), Henry Schvey (Professor of Drama at Washington University), Thomas Keith (Williams editor for New Directions Publishing), with others TBA.

Lead sponsorship of the festival is provided by Emerson.  "The Glass Menagerie" is performed by special arrangement with Concord Publishing, Inc and "You Lied to Me About Centralia" is performed by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.

The full Festival schedule and additional information can be found at https://www.twstl.org.

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