TWStL 2021: "THE MOON AND BEYOND" August 19-29 in CWE
By: Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis
"A year ago, we brought Tennessee Williams into your home ….this year we bring you into his!" said Carrie Houk, the festival's Executive Artistic Director. "In 2020 we were lucky enough to flourish on the radio during a year that was so challenging for live theatre. In 2021, we return with a vengeance with a site-specific production of The Glass Menagerie at the very building in the Central West End where the Williams family settled when they moved to St Louis."
"If theatre is ritual, our production of The Glass Menagerie is the equivalent of going to Mass in St. Peter's Square in Rome," explains Brian Hohlfeld, who is directing this production. "There's no other city in the world where you can see this play in this venue, amid the same red bricks, alleys, and fire-escapes that inspired Williams to write it almost 80 years ago. We've brought back most of our amazing cast from last fall's radio version, and our entire team is thrilled and humbled by the opportunity to bring this site-specific production to life."
The festival's two main performances will be:
Other festival programming includes: Scholars' Panels, Walking Tour of Williams' St. Louis, Tennessee Williams Tribute: "The Moon and Beyond" hosted by Ken Page, happy hour conversation with Blue Song author Dr. Henry Schvey, Why Did Desdemona Love the Moor reading, and more.
For fans who want to make an evening of it, a special Pre-Theater Garden Picnic will be available at Bowood by Niche (4605 Olive, 63108) from 6-8pm (or until sold out) on performance days. The menu includes a picnic basket for two, filled with a packaged assortment of Niche Food Group snacks and desserts. Three signature cocktails inspired by The Glass Menagerie and featuring local spirits and botanicals will be available for individual purchase. Food and drink can be enjoyed in Bowood's garden up until performance time.
Free, secure parking is available at Holliday (4600 Olive, 63108) for festival patrons and for pre-theatre dinner patrons at Bowood by Niche.
Lead sponsorship of the festival is provided by Emerson. Additional sponsors and the full festival itinerary can be found at twstl.org (https://www.twstl.org/
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