A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur
May
19
5:00 PM17:00

A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur

“Williams often likened himself to a bird, forever in flight. The desire to fly away (if only to Creve Coeur Park one Sunday afternoon) comes out of the pores of the women of this play.”
~Carrie Houk, TWSTL Executive Artistic Director

Kari Ely will direct a cast of Maggie Wininger, Kelley Weber, Julie Layton, and Ellie Schwetye. “In these four characters,” said Ely, “Williams creates the outrageous extremes of four disparate personalities, and reminds us how important it is to make real human connections on this unpredictably fragile, bumpy, and hilarious journey to find happiness.”

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The Night of the Iguana
May
19
3:00 PM15:00

The Night of the Iguana

“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. He takes refuge at a rundown resort owned by the lusty and busty Maxine, where they are soon joined by the beautifully refined but repressed Hannah, in the company of Nonno, her nonagenarian grandfather. These two may be scam artists, but they are artists all the same; as such, they offer some brief hope of redemption.

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A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur
May
19
1:00 PM13:00

A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur

“Williams often likened himself to a bird, forever in flight. The desire to fly away (if only to Creve Coeur Park one Sunday afternoon) comes out of the pores of the women of this play.”
~Carrie Houk, TWSTL Executive Artistic Director

Kari Ely will direct a cast of Maggie Wininger, Kelley Weber, Julie Layton, and Ellie Schwetye. “In these four characters,” said Ely, “Williams creates the outrageous extremes of four disparate personalities, and reminds us how important it is to make real human connections on this unpredictably fragile, bumpy, and hilarious journey to find happiness.”

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The Night of the Iguana
May
18
7:30 PM19:30

The Night of the Iguana

“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. He takes refuge at a rundown resort owned by the lusty and busty Maxine, where they are soon joined by the beautifully refined but repressed Hannah, in the company of Nonno, her nonagenarian grandfather. These two may be scam artists, but they are artists all the same; as such, they offer some brief hope of redemption.

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A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur
May
18
5:00 PM17:00

A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur

  • The Grand Hall at The Grandel Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“Williams often likened himself to a bird, forever in flight. The desire to fly away (if only to Creve Coeur Park one Sunday afternoon) comes out of the pores of the women of this play.”
~Carrie Houk, TWSTL Executive Artistic Director

Kari Ely will direct a cast of Maggie Wininger, Kelley Weber, Julie Layton, and Ellie Schwetye. “In these four characters,” said Ely, “Williams creates the outrageous extremes of four disparate personalities, and reminds us how important it is to make real human connections on this unpredictably fragile, bumpy, and hilarious journey to find happiness.”

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A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur
May
18
1:00 PM13:00

A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur

  • The Grand Hall at The Grandel Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“Williams often likened himself to a bird, forever in flight. The desire to fly away (if only to Creve Coeur Park one Sunday afternoon) comes out of the pores of the women of this play.”
~Carrie Houk, TWSTL Executive Artistic Director

Kari Ely will direct a cast of Maggie Wininger, Kelley Weber, Julie Layton, and Ellie Schwetye. “In these four characters,” said Ely, “Williams creates the outrageous extremes of four disparate personalities, and reminds us how important it is to make real human connections on this unpredictably fragile, bumpy, and hilarious journey to find happiness.”

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The Night of the Iguana
May
17
7:30 PM19:30

The Night of the Iguana

“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. He takes refuge at a rundown resort owned by the lusty and busty Maxine, where they are soon joined by the beautifully refined but repressed Hannah, in the company of Nonno, her nonagenarian grandfather. These two may be scam artists, but they are artists all the same; as such, they offer some brief hope of redemption.

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The Night of the Iguana
May
16
7:30 PM19:30

The Night of the Iguana

“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. He takes refuge at a rundown resort owned by the lusty and busty Maxine, where they are soon joined by the beautifully refined but repressed Hannah, in the company of Nonno, her nonagenarian grandfather. These two may be scam artists, but they are artists all the same; as such, they offer some brief hope of redemption.

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Tennessee Williams Tribute
May
12
7:30 PM19:30

Tennessee Williams Tribute

A TRIBUTE READING FOR THE TENNESSEE WILLIAMS FESTIVAL

Join us as we celebrate the culmination of the opening weekend of the Tennessee Williams Festival. In poetry, prose, and song, this tribute reading reveals Williams’ take on those who are “waiting for something to happen” and those for whom “everything has happened already”. Ken Page hosts an entertaining evening presented by a collection of Festival artists, curated by noted Williams scholar, Tom Mitchell. Stay after the performance to mix with other Festival goers and artists, as The Dark Room hosts us for drinks and light hors d’ oeuvres.

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A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur
May
12
5:00 PM17:00

A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur

“Williams often likened himself to a bird, forever in flight. The desire to fly away (if only to Creve Coeur Park one Sunday afternoon) comes out of the pores of the women of this play.”
~Carrie Houk, TWSTL Executive Artistic Director

Kari Ely will direct a cast of Maggie Wininger, Kelley Weber, Julie Layton, and Ellie Schwetye. “In these four characters,” said Ely, “Williams creates the outrageous extremes of four disparate personalities, and reminds us how important it is to make real human connections on this unpredictably fragile, bumpy, and hilarious journey to find happiness.”

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The Night of the Iguana
May
12
3:00 PM15:00

The Night of the Iguana

“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. He takes refuge at a rundown resort owned by the lusty and busty Maxine, where they are soon joined by the beautifully refined but repressed Hannah, in the company of Nonno, her nonagenarian grandfather. These two may be scam artists, but they are artists all the same; as such, they offer some brief hope of redemption.

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A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur
May
12
1:00 PM13:00

A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur

“Williams often likened himself to a bird, forever in flight. The desire to fly away (if only to Creve Coeur Park one Sunday afternoon) comes out of the pores of the women of this play.”
~Carrie Houk, TWSTL Executive Artistic Director

Kari Ely will direct a cast of Maggie Wininger, Kelley Weber, Julie Layton, and Ellie Schwetye. “In these four characters,” said Ely, “Williams creates the outrageous extremes of four disparate personalities, and reminds us how important it is to make real human connections on this unpredictably fragile, bumpy, and hilarious journey to find happiness.”

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Dear Mr. Williams
May
11
8:30 PM20:30

Dear Mr. Williams

The ‘blue devils’ of sex, alcohol and mendacity take center stage in this tender and funny coming of age story of a young gay artist.  SAG Award winner (“Mad Men”and Drama Desk Award nominee (Broadway’s Sunset Boulevard, Cats) Bryan Batt performs his solo tour de force set in New Orleans, where Tennessee Williams came to find himself. With the great American playwright as his compass and guide, Batt takes us on this thrilling and very personal journey out of the shadows into a bright light of self-discovery.

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The Night of the Iguana
May
11
7:30 PM19:30

The Night of the Iguana

“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. He takes refuge at a rundown resort owned by the lusty and busty Maxine, where they are soon joined by the beautifully refined but repressed Hannah, in the company of Nonno, her nonagenarian grandfather. These two may be scam artists, but they are artists all the same; as such, they offer some brief hope of redemption.

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A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur
May
11
5:00 PM17:00

A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur

  • The Grand Hall at The Grandel Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“Williams often likened himself to a bird, forever in flight. The desire to fly away (if only to Creve Coeur Park one Sunday afternoon) comes out of the pores of the women of this play.”
~Carrie Houk, TWSTL Executive Artistic Director

Kari Ely will direct a cast of Maggie Wininger, Kelley Weber, Julie Layton, and Ellie Schwetye. “In these four characters,” said Ely, “Williams creates the outrageous extremes of four disparate personalities, and reminds us how important it is to make real human connections on this unpredictably fragile, bumpy, and hilarious journey to find happiness.”

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Dear Mr. Williams
May
11
3:30 PM15:30

Dear Mr. Williams

The ‘blue devils’ of sex, alcohol and mendacity take center stage in this tender and funny coming of age story of a young gay artist.  SAG Award winner (“Mad Men”and Drama Desk Award nominee (Broadway’s Sunset Boulevard, Cats) Bryan Batt performs his solo tour de force set in New Orleans, where Tennessee Williams came to find himself. With the great American playwright as his compass and guide, Batt takes us on this thrilling and very personal journey out of the shadows into a bright light of self-discovery.

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A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur
May
11
1:00 PM13:00

A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur

  • The Grand Hall at The Grandel Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“Williams often likened himself to a bird, forever in flight. The desire to fly away (if only to Creve Coeur Park one Sunday afternoon) comes out of the pores of the women of this play.”
~Carrie Houk, TWSTL Executive Artistic Director

Kari Ely will direct a cast of Maggie Wininger, Kelley Weber, Julie Layton, and Ellie Schwetye. “In these four characters,” said Ely, “Williams creates the outrageous extremes of four disparate personalities, and reminds us how important it is to make real human connections on this unpredictably fragile, bumpy, and hilarious journey to find happiness.”

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Conversations With Tennessee
May
11
9:00 AM09:00

Conversations With Tennessee

All Panel Discussions are moderated by Thomas Mitchell. Located at The Dark Room and the Grandel Theatre

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

Gregory S. Carr and Melissa Wolfe

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

David Kaplan, Tim Ocel, Nisi Sturgis, and Michael Wilson

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?

Sophia Brown, David Kaplan, Joan Lipkin, and Michael Wilson

Tennessee Williams lived in St. Louis 85 years ago. Why do productions of his work continue? How do audiences experience the plays today? A group of artistic leaders discuss how and why Williams merits a festival in the city he once called home.

3:00PM: An Open Discussion on Respect and Representation

Gregory S. Carr, Rayme Cornel, Jesse Munoz, Carl Overly, and Jennifer Wintzer

At a time when society has become extremely divided and distrustful, issues of representation are demanding the attention of theatre producers. How can we be respectful of cultural differences and also explore aspects of human experience that transcend them?  Williams situated Night of the Iguana in 1940s Mexico where displaced Americans, Baptist schoolteachers, and Nazis crowd out native youths.  Can we get to the truths Williams was after amidst the cultural collision?

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Dear Mr. Williams
May
10
8:30 PM20:30

Dear Mr. Williams

The ‘blue devils’ of sex, alcohol and mendacity take center stage in this tender and funny coming of age story of a young gay artist.  SAG Award winner (“Mad Men”and Drama Desk Award nominee (Broadway’s Sunset Boulevard, Cats) Bryan Batt performs his solo tour de force set in New Orleans, where Tennessee Williams came to find himself. With the great American playwright as his compass and guide, Batt takes us on this thrilling and very personal journey out of the shadows into a bright light of self-discovery.

Just Added! Exclusive Reception and Meet & Greet with Dear Mr. Williams star, Bryan Batt and director, Michael Wilson, at a private Chase Hotel penthouse. Immediately following the Friday, May 10 8:30pm performance.

Tickets for this event, including the performance, are $100.

Email TW Fest at carrie@twstl.org or call us directly at 314.517.5253.

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The Night of the Iguana
May
10
7:30 PM19:30

The Night of the Iguana

“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. He takes refuge at a rundown resort owned by the lusty and busty Maxine, where they are soon joined by the beautifully refined but repressed Hannah, in the company of Nonno, her nonagenarian grandfather. These two may be scam artists, but they are artists all the same; as such, they offer some brief hope of redemption.

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The Night of the Iguana
May
9
7:30 PM19:30

The Night of the Iguana

“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. He takes refuge at a rundown resort owned by the lusty and busty Maxine, where they are soon joined by the beautifully refined but repressed Hannah, in the company of Nonno, her nonagenarian grandfather. These two may be scam artists, but they are artists all the same; as such, they offer some brief hope of redemption.

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Fourth Annual Festival
May
9
to May 19

Fourth Annual Festival

The Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis will present Tennessee Williams’ steamy and startling The Night of the Iguana as its main stage production at the Grandel Theatre on May 9-19. Jim Butz, Lavonne Byers, Nisi Sturgis, Elizabeth Townsend, and Harry Weber headline as Americans who are hiding—or seeking—or both—at a seedy Mexican hotel during the run-up to World War II. Tim Ocel will once again direct, having guided last year’s “A Streetcar Named Desire” to a record 11 award nominations by the St. Louis Theater Circle.

The Festival will also feature the Williams comedy that inspired TV’s “The Golden Girls.” Set in the Central West End and featuring an all-female cast, A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur will be directed by Kari Ely at The Grand Hall, upstairs from The Grandel Theatre.

Bryan Batt, the SAG Award winner (“Mad Men”) and Drama Desk Award nominee (Broadway’s Sunset Boulevard, Cats) will round out the theatrical productions at the Curtain Call Lounge with Dear Mr. Williams. The tumultuousand sometimes treacherous—journey from adolescence to adulthood is one we all must take, but Batt’s one-man tour de force proves that it's oh so much more fascinating and fun with Tennessee Williams as your guide.

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Feb
11
5:30 PM17:30

Florida Sweepstakes & Fundraiser featuring Ken Page

Please join us on Monday, February 11 for lively conversation, sumptuous cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, and a special reading by acclaimed Broadway star Ken Page!  Join the party by purchasing a sweepstakes entry to win a one-week stay for two at the splendid Beau Mer Condominium Resort in fabulous Naples, Florida, including round-trip airfare.  Can’t attend on 2/11?  You can still enter the sweepstakes! CLICK HERE for details and to enter.

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