Fourth Annual Festival Presented By

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May 9–19, 2019



The Night of the Iguana

The Grandel Theater, May 9–19

The steamy and startling Iguana is one of the most richly textured and dramatically satisfying plays written by Williams. At its center is Shannon, a pastor who has lost his flock, has lost his religion, and has—at the very least— misplaced his sanity and sense of decency.  LEARN MORE→

A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur

The Grand Hall at The Grandel, May 11–19

Four eccentric and unforgettable women fry chicken, plan a picnic to Creve Coeur Lake, and cope with loneliness and lost dreams in an efficiency apartment on Enright Avenue in the Central West End circa the mid-1930s. Williams gives us more laughs than usual, but no less poetry or poignancy. LEARN MORE→

“Dear Mr. Williams” - Bryan Batt

“Dear Mr. Williams” - Bryan Batt

Dear Mr. Williams

The Curtain Call Lounge, May 10–11

The tumultuous -- and sometimes treacherous -- journey from adolescence to adulthood is one we all must take, but it's oh so much more fascinating and fun with Tennessee Williams as your guide. LEARN MORE→

Tennessee Williams Tribute

The Dark Room, May 12

Scenes, songs, and poetry as interpreted by special guests. LEARN MORE

Discussion Panels: Conversations with Tennessee

The Dark Room; May 11

Curated by Thomas Mitchell. Three panels address aspects of the author’s life and work. Each will begin with a brief performance of material from Tennessee Williams’s letters, journals, or other writing, followed by a discussion between artists and scholars. LEARN MORE →

9:00AM - Progressive Politics in Tennessee Williams’ St. Louis – Gregory S. Carr, Melissa Wolfe

10:00AM - Tennessee in Mexico: The Playwright as Tourist – David Kaplan, Tim Ocel, Nisi Sturgis, Michael Wilson

11:00AM - Why Tennessee? Why Now – Sophia Brown, David Kaplan, Joan Lipkin, Michael Wilson

3:00PM - An Open Discussion on Respect and Representation - Gregory S. Carr, Rayme Cornell, Jesse Munoz, Carl Overly, Jennifer Wintzer

Tennessee Williams Bus Tour

Departing from The Grandel, May 19

Guided by Brian Welch & Dan McGuire.


Jazz Brunch at The Dark Room

May 12 & 19

Join us for two festive jazz brunches during the Festival featuring live music from Janet Evra and the Tommy Halloran Band. LEARN MORE →