May 3–21, 2017


Small Craft Warnings

.ZACK; May 4–14

The marquee, must-see, production of the festival is the little-known but critically heralded Williams play Small Craft WarningsLEARN MORE→

Bertha in Paradise

Curtain Call Lounge; May 3–7

Bertha in Paradise is a saucy stew of bawdy songs that Anita Jackson (playing Bertha) greeted audiences with at The Rooming-House Plays for the 2016 Festival. LEARN MORE→


The Marcelle; May 5–6

Deseo, the festival’s first-ever international entry, provides a thrilling re-interpretation of Williams’s most famous play from the perspective of the Cuban experience. LEARN MORE→

Will Mr. Merriwether Return from Memphis?

Stockton House; May 4–21

Local favorite Jeff Awada directs the first professional production in fifty years of this intimate, funny, poignant play. LEARN MORE→

Tennessee Williams Tribute: Magic of the Other

Curtain Call Lounge; May 7

Tennessee Williams Tribute: Magic of the Other features scenes, songs, and poetry as interpreted by special guests. LEARN MORE→

St. Louis Stories

.ZACK; May 6

“St. Louis Stories” is a compilation of unpublished stories by Thomas Lanier Williams (before he became “Tennessee,”) set in the hometown of his youth. LEARN MORE→

Ensemble 2.0

.ZACK; May 8

Staged as a dramatic reading, ‘ensemble 2.0’ is a play based on Francesca Williams’s collection of family letters. LEARN MORE→


Photography: Ride Hamilton

.ZACK; May 4–7

New Orleans-based photographer Ride Hamilton has been creating haunting images in collaboration with stage director David Kaplan since 2013. LEARN MORE→

Tennessee Williams: The Playwright and the Painter

Saint Louis University Museum of Art; May 5–July 31

These 18 deeply personal paintings illustrate how William’s magical poetry brilliantly suffuses every art form he undertakes. LEARN MORE→


Tennessee Williams New Playwright Initiative

.ZACK; May 6

The Tennessee Williams New Playwrights Initiative makes its debut this year with winner Jack Ciapciak’s Naming the Dog. LEARN MORE→


Summer & Smoke Movie Screening

Public Media Commons; May 5

Summer and Smoke is set in Glorious Hill, Mississippi, starring Geraldine Page & Lawrence Harvey, and under the direction of Peter Glenville, join us for a screening of this timeless classic! LEARN MORE→


Tennessee Williams’s Paintings

.ZACK; May 6


Tennessee Williams Tribute: Magic of the Other

.ZACK; May 7



New Orleans Jazz Brunch

The Dark Room; May 7

Join us for a festive brunch during the festival that will feature live music from the Tom Halloran Band featuring the one and only Nancy Kranzberg! LEARN MORE →

Stella Shouting Contest

.ZACK; May 7

Break out those ripped t-shirts and join the Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis for the city’s only Stella! Shouting Contest. LEARN MORE →


Tennessee Williams Bus Tour

Leaving from .ZACK; May 6

Led by Dan McGuire.