Kranzberg-Strauss Challenge Grant

Support the Magic of Tennessee Williams


Our mission continues to be to enrich the cultural life of St. Louis by presenting a host of high-quality artistic and educational events that celebrate the art of Tennessee Williams. We are especially proud of our outreach to hundreds of under-served students, and of our collaborations with arts organizations here and around the world. And we are delighted to announce a thrilling new production of A Streetcar Named Desire, with an original score and a brilliant cast, which headlines our May 2018 festival at the gloriously renovated Grandel Theatre. Your generous gift in this, our Streetcar year, will help ensure that future generations will experience the magic of America’s most celebrated playwright, our very own Tennessee Williams.

Ken and Nancy Kranzberg and Mary Strauss invite you to join them in advancing one of the most exciting and vital young arts organizations in the region—the Tennessee Williams Festival, St. Louis. Each are founding board members, and together, they have established the Kranzberg-Strauss Challenge Grant.

You can help meet the challenge with your new or increased tax-deductible donation, which will ensure the lasting brilliance of this new jewel in our cultural crown.

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By the Numbers

4,200: Audience members

750: Under-served students who read and attended plays

97: Individual donors

40: Media outlets that provided coverage

36: Dedicated Festival board members

22: Collaborating institutions

13: Corporate and foundation sponsors

8: Original productions

7: Presentations of outside productions

6: Educational events

3: Visual arts exhibits

3: Nation-wide media outlets who provided coverage

2: International productions

2: Years in existence, and counting!

1: Decision for you to make.

The Critics Say

“You could picture Williams beaming at the performers' indomitable attitudes and freewheeling physicality... giving international creative voices a platform. This is a troupe and a show worth hearing.”
The Washington Post

“The Tennessee Williams Festival, St. Louis was a resounding success. I have never seen such an assemblage of talented actors, directors and production people who came together to show why St. Louis is indeed a fortunate city.”
St. Louis Post Dispatch

“St. Louis has another beautiful flower blooming in its theatrical garden.”
Ladue News

“The Event of the Year. ...The Tennessee Williams Festival was something to behold and a marvelous moveable feast. ...This whole week gave me an eerie feeling. I could feel the presence of the all of the productions and the spaces... Everyone involved brought a regal feeling to this Love Fest and it became a respectful and insightful slice of life to St. Louis theatre. Thanks to Carrie Houk and all who brought this series of special moments to life.”
Stage Door St. Louis

“Tennessee Williams was decades ahead of the rest of us in his brilliant stage poetry. And each new glimpse into his lega- cy calls move forward in astonishing spiritual honesty. The Tennessee Williams Festival is the only guaranteed way to reach theatrical Nirvana in 2017.”
Alive Magazine

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2017 Grand Center Theatre Crawl