Deseo
May
5
8:00 pm20:00

Deseo

  • The Marcelle

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 AND GET TICKETS→

Bus Tour
May
6
11:00 am11:00

Bus Tour

  • .ZACK

The bus will depart promptly at 11:30am from .ZACK.

Retrace the roots of Tennessee Williams formative years. From attending high school at Soldan and University City High, to studying at the University of Missouri-Columbia and Washington University, to working downtown and exploring the City’s rich cultural institutions—Tennessee Williams’s classic works were influenced by his coming of age in St. Louis.

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Deseo
May
6
7:30 pm19:30

Deseo

  • The Marcelle

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 AND GET TICKETS→


Tennessee Williams Birthday Bash
Mar
26
7:00 pm19:00

Tennessee Williams Birthday Bash

  • Washington University in St. Louis

Celebrating the accomplishments and birthday of Tennessee Williams, a free screening of "A Streetcar Named Desire," with Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh, will be held at Washington University, Brown 100 auditorium. After the screening, join the playwright's niece, Francesca Williams, at a reception in Brown lounge (2nd floor) for a special audience participation event. Co-sponsored by the Program in Film & Media Studies and Washington University Libraries. LEARN MORE→

The St. Louis Rooming House Plays
May
15
6:00 pm18:00

The St. Louis Rooming House Plays

  • Stockton House

Four short plays set in St Louis. Tennessee Williams’ plays offered men and women refuge from the vicissitudes of life in rented beds. In these plays we see an unlucky goodtime girl retain her pride in "Hello from Bertha," a veteran shoe salesman restored to glory in "The Last of My Solid Gold Watches," a fearless mistress asserting her power in "The Pink Bedroom;" a touring chorus girl, in "In Our Profession," trying to settle down in Saint Louis – but with the wrong man.

A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot [matinee]
May
15
3:00 pm15:00

A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot [matinee]

  • Curtain Call Lounge

Directed by Brian Hohlfeld

Set at a dive bar in St. Louis, “A Perfect Analysis Given By A Parrot” follows Flora and Bessie, two proud members of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Sons of Mars, who have traveled from Memphis for the annual convention. All Flora and Bessie want is a good time, but they’ve been ditched by the conventioneers they’ve followed. Has life dealt them a bad hand? Or are they their own worst enemies? This on-site production puts the audience in the bar as, fueled by fishbowls of beer and sentimental tunes from the radio, Flora and Bessie find their tongues loosened and old memories stirred. As the evening progresses, the two frenemies assess each other’s lives and, in the process revealing a glimpse of the loneliness and longing underneath their “woo-girl” demeanors. Join us at the Back Stage Club for an evening of humor, music, and whooping it up.

The St. Louis Rooming House Plays [matinee]
May
15
3:00 pm15:00

The St. Louis Rooming House Plays [matinee]

  • Stockton House

Four short plays set in St Louis. Tennessee Williams’ plays offered men and women refuge from the vicissitudes of life in rented beds. In these plays we see an unlucky goodtime girl retain her pride in "Hello from Bertha," a veteran shoe salesman restored to glory in "The Last of My Solid Gold Watches," a fearless mistress asserting her power in "The Pink Bedroom;" a touring chorus girl, in "In Our Profession," trying to settle down in Saint Louis – but with the wrong man.

The Glass Menagerie [matinee]
May
15
2:00 pm14:00

The Glass Menagerie [matinee]

  • Kranzberg Black Box

Tom invites a co-worker to dinner, an event that energizes his mother, Amanda, eager to find a "gentleman caller" for his painfully shy sister, Laura. The dinner is fraught with unspoken emotional currents, the absent but brooding presence of the family’s father, and Amanda’s memories of her younger self’s social triumphs. Williams said of his best-known play that it "can be presented with unusual freedom of convention." This production by Upstream Theater is guaranteed to move you, and move you to think.

The Glass Menagerie
May
14
8:00 pm20:00

The Glass Menagerie

  • Kranzberg Black Box

Tom invites a co-worker to dinner, an event that energizes his mother, Amanda, eager to find a "gentleman caller" for his painfully shy sister, Laura. The dinner is fraught with unspoken emotional currents, the absent but brooding presence of the family’s father, and Amanda’s memories of her younger self’s social triumphs. Williams said of his best-known play that it "can be presented with unusual freedom of convention." This production by Upstream Theater is guaranteed to move you, and move you to think.

A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot
May
14
8:00 pm20:00

A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot

  • Curtain Call Lounge

Directed by Brian Hohlfeld

Set at a dive bar in St. Louis, “A Perfect Analysis Given By A Parrot” follows Flora and Bessie, two proud members of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Sons of Mars, who have traveled from Memphis for the annual convention. All Flora and Bessie want is a good time, but they’ve been ditched by the conventioneers they’ve followed. Has life dealt them a bad hand? Or are they their own worst enemies? This on-site production puts the audience in the bar as, fueled by fishbowls of beer and sentimental tunes from the radio, Flora and Bessie find their tongues loosened and old memories stirred. As the evening progresses, the two frenemies assess each other’s lives and, in the process revealing a glimpse of the loneliness and longing underneath their “woo-girl” demeanors. Join us at the Back Stage Club for an evening of humor, music, and whooping it up.

Tennessee Williams Tribute Reading: “I Didn’t Go to the Moon, I Went Much Further”
May
14
8:00 pm20:00

Tennessee Williams Tribute Reading: “I Didn’t Go to the Moon, I Went Much Further”

  • The Learning Center (Formerly the Wednesday Club)

Much of what makes Tennessee Williams America’s greatest playwright is the time he lived in St. Louis and how it shaped his character and his relationships. In the 1930s,  The bustling center of urban America in the 1930s, St. Louis deeply influenced Williams and the impact is still felt on our culture. Join us for an evening of poetry, monologues and stories, featuring Ken Page, St. Louis actors, and friends of the Festival. Hosted by Thomas Keith.

The St. Louis Rooming House Plays
May
14
5:00 pm17:00

The St. Louis Rooming House Plays

  • Stockton House

Four short plays set in St Louis. Tennessee Williams’ plays offered men and women refuge from the vicissitudes of life in rented beds. In these plays we see an unlucky goodtime girl retain her pride in "Hello from Bertha," a veteran shoe salesman restored to glory in "The Last of My Solid Gold Watches," a fearless mistress asserting her power in "The Pink Bedroom;" a touring chorus girl, in "In Our Profession," trying to settle down in Saint Louis – but with the wrong man.

Jeremy Lawrence: What's Next on the Agenda, Mr. Williams? (matinee)
May
14
3:00 pm15:00

Jeremy Lawrence: What's Next on the Agenda, Mr. Williams? (matinee)

  • Kranzberg Studio

Tennessee Williams, outrageous and confessional, talks about his life, the theatre, the act of writing, his will to survive, his great loves: his sister Rose and his lover, Frank Merlo, and, finally, about the setting of his first masterpiece and his greatest emotional and mental crises.

The St. Louis Rooming House Plays [matinee]
May
14
2:00 pm14:00

The St. Louis Rooming House Plays [matinee]

  • Stockton House

Four short plays set in St Louis. Tennessee Williams’ plays offered men and women refuge from the vicissitudes of life in rented beds. In these plays we see an unlucky goodtime girl retain her pride in "Hello from Bertha," a veteran shoe salesman restored to glory in "The Last of My Solid Gold Watches," a fearless mistress asserting her power in "The Pink Bedroom;" a touring chorus girl, in "In Our Profession," trying to settle down in Saint Louis – but with the wrong man.

A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot [matinee]
May
14
12:30 pm12:30

A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot [matinee]

  • Curtain Call Lounge

Directed by Brian Hohlfeld

Set at a dive bar in St. Louis, “A Perfect Analysis Given By A Parrot” follows Flora and Bessie, two proud members of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Sons of Mars, who have traveled from Memphis for the annual convention. All Flora and Bessie want is a good time, but they’ve been ditched by the conventioneers they’ve followed. Has life dealt them a bad hand? Or are they their own worst enemies? This on-site production puts the audience in the bar as, fueled by fishbowls of beer and sentimental tunes from the radio, Flora and Bessie find their tongues loosened and old memories stirred. As the evening progresses, the two frenemies assess each other’s lives and, in the process revealing a glimpse of the loneliness and longing underneath their “woo-girl” demeanors. Join us at the Back Stage Club for an evening of humor, music, and whooping it up.

Tennessee Jam
May
13
10:00 pm22:00

Tennessee Jam

  • The Dark Room

Curated by Jeremy Lawrence

Join actors, scholars, and friends of Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis as we pay tribute to America’s greatest playwright in an evening of monologues, poetry, letters, song and music at The Dark Room, TWFest late-night headquarters!

The St. Louis Rooming House Plays
May
13
8:00 pm20:00

The St. Louis Rooming House Plays

  • Stockton House

Four short plays set in St Louis. Tennessee Williams’ plays offered men and women refuge from the vicissitudes of life in rented beds. In these plays we see an unlucky goodtime girl retain her pride in "Hello from Bertha," a veteran shoe salesman restored to glory in "The Last of My Solid Gold Watches," a fearless mistress asserting her power in "The Pink Bedroom;" a touring chorus girl, in "In Our Profession," trying to settle down in Saint Louis – but with the wrong man.

The Glass Menagerie
May
13
8:00 pm20:00

The Glass Menagerie

  • Kranzberg Black Box

Tom invites a co-worker to dinner, an event that energizes his mother, Amanda, eager to find a "gentleman caller" for his painfully shy sister, Laura. The dinner is fraught with unspoken emotional currents, the absent but brooding presence of the family’s father, and Amanda’s memories of her younger self’s social triumphs. Williams said of his best-known play that it "can be presented with unusual freedom of convention." This production by Upstream Theater is guaranteed to move you, and move you to think.

A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot
May
13
6:00 pm18:00

A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot

  • Curtain Call Lounge

Directed by Brian Hohlfeld

Set at a dive bar in St. Louis, “A Perfect Analysis Given By A Parrot” follows Flora and Bessie, two proud members of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Sons of Mars, who have traveled from Memphis for the annual convention. All Flora and Bessie want is a good time, but they’ve been ditched by the conventioneers they’ve followed. Has life dealt them a bad hand? Or are they their own worst enemies? This on-site production puts the audience in the bar as, fueled by fishbowls of beer and sentimental tunes from the radio, Flora and Bessie find their tongues loosened and old memories stirred. As the evening progresses, the two frenemies assess each other’s lives and, in the process revealing a glimpse of the loneliness and longing underneath their “woo-girl” demeanors. Join us at the Back Stage Club for an evening of humor, music, and whooping it up.

ensemble: Williams Family Letters
May
13
6:00 pm18:00

ensemble: Williams Family Letters

  • The Learning Center (Formerly the Wednesday Club)

A reading of a newly discovered cache of family letters, featuring the intimate correspondence of Tennessee Williams, his mother Edwina, his sister Rose and his brother Dakin. A journey to the heart of an American family, a heart that is often wild, broken many times over, and conflicted—but ultimately good, kind and compassionate. A family struggling to stay together and, in their individual ways, take care of each other. The Tennessee Williams Center for the Arts Foundation.