Tennessee Williams WISHFUL THINKING
at various locations throughout Provincetown Visit www.twptown.org for schedule and tickets
Hope makes us human, but anticipation can either make us or break us. Tennessee
Williams delved deep into the drama of waiting – and his plays are richer, sadder, and more joyous for it. This is why the 13th Annual Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival is called Wishful Thinking.
The 2018 shows feature five Williams plays alongside works by Federico García Lorca, Anton Chekhov, and Samuel Beckett, produced and performed by artists from New York City, Philadelphia, Pensacola, Michigan, Texas, and beyond.
This year’s line-up features the world
premiere of Talisman Roses, a Williams play that deals directly with how Tom (not yet Tennessee) Williams responded to visiting his older sister Rose in a state psychiatric ward in Missouri for the first time. Never before seen on stage, this tender and vivid piece about mental illness is staged by distinguished actor and director Marsha Mason.
Images of roses feature prominently in Festival shows this year, including in The Rose Tattoo – one of Williams’ most passionate and romantic comedies, starring Festival favorite Irene Glezos – and in Doña Rosita the Spinster, Lorca’s iconic Spanish play about a lonely young woman whose beloved leaves Granada for South America, in a production directed by Festival Curator David Kaplan in collaboration with Texas Tech University.
This year’s program also includes: Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya in a brand-new translation by John Freedman, produced as an immersive and intimate site-specific show by Arb Arts from Ann Arbor, Michigan; an imaginative rendering of the Beckett novella Company by Philadelphia’s EgoPo, who produced the 2016 Festival hit The Hairy Ape; and a staged reading by Brenna Geffers (last year’s Pericles) of a wild new comic book by Mark Russell, The Snagglepuss Chronicles, which re imagines the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon character as a closeted Southern playwright living in New York City.
Also on the docket: a production from Pensacola of the Williams drama Will Mr. Merriwether Return From Memphis? that blends fantasy and reality into a colorful ghost story; and a dark comedy from New York City called Some Problems for the Moose Lodge that skewers family, religion, aging, and
madness in a way only Williams can.
The festival also features parties, post-show
mixers, educational classes, and exclusive donor events throughout the four-day celebration.