Conversations with Tennessee

Photo (c) Ride Hamilton

Photo (c) Ride Hamilton

Panel Discussions
The Dark Room
May 11, 2019, 9:00AM - 12:00PM

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.

The Dark Room will be open for brunch at 10:00AM

9:00AM: Progressive Politics in Tennessee Williams’ St. Louis

Greg Carr, Melissa Wolfe, Henry Schvey; moderated by Tom Mitchell

Williams came of age in the politically, socially, and racially radical 1930s.  What can be learned from understanding the artists, writers, and activists who were centered at Franklin and Grand 80 years ago?

10:00AM: Tennessee in Mexico: The Playwright as Tourist

Michael Wilson, Nisi Sturgis, Tim Ocel, Henry Schvey; moderated by Tom Mitchell

From the early years of his career, Williams traveled to Mexico as a retreat from the pressures of his professional life. What does his writing tell us about the influence of Mexican culture in work like The Night of the Iguana?

11:00AM: Why Tennessee? Why Now?

Individual and season tickets are available through Metrotix. For Group sales, please email us.

Tennessee Williams lived in St. Louis 85 years ago, but his work offers a springboard to consider issues of gender, race, and national identity today. A group of artistic leaders discuss how and why Williams merits a festival in the city he once called home.


The Dark Room
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis, MO 63103


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