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Tennessee Williams Festival

A Celebration of Women

September 11th, 2013

Come to our tiny town September 26-29th and join thousands of theater fans to celebrate Tennessee Williams with live performances from as near as Cape Cod and as far as South Africa! “Our contemporary artists surprise and delight audiences by reinterpreting Williams’ works in new ways,” says Festival Executive Director Jef Hall-Flavin. The theme for the 8th Annual Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival is "50% Illusion," and celebrates the playwright's creation of new kinds of women onstage: deceptively strong, strongly deceptive, self-doubting, the frankly desirous, and the self-determined, all of them unforgettable!

Tennessee Williams spent his childhood in the Mississippi Delta, where the music of the ''Juke Joint'' permeated the air

The Festival kicks off with a Jack Daniels Tasting Dinner on Thursday September 26th from 6-8 pm at the Crown and Anchor, which includes delicious barbeque and whiskey samples! Later that evening come dressed in your favorite 1930's costume for the "Footlight Parade" opening party, hosted by the Chorus Girls at the Central House at 10 pm! You'll enjoy luscious appetizers from the Central House while pianist George Maurer tickles the ivories into the night.

The festival is jam-packed with events, from eight fantastic plays to lectures and cocktail parties where you can mix and mingle with cast members from the shows, to private donor events for those purchasing Carte Blanche passes, musical events, and a fabulous closing party at the Boatslip Resort on the 29th, with Provincetown's own multi-talented songstress/musician Zoe Lewis!

Forty years after stage and screen actor Keir Dullea played the handsome hobbling Brick in the acclaimed 1974 Broadway revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", he’ll be playing Big Daddy here at Provincetown's Town Hall. The play also features his real-life spouse, stage actress Mia Dillon as Big Mama, and members of the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater!

"Kingdom of Earth," the sleeper hit from Cape Town, South Africa returns as well, after stunning audiences here last September. Directed by Fred Abrahamse, it features Anthea Thompson (Myrtle), a multiple Fleur-du-Cap award winner for her stunning performance in Kingdom of Earth and other Cape Town productions; Nicholas Dallas as Lot; and Marcel Meyer as Chicken . Don't miss this rare and stunning play! This highly talented acting company is also presenting "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore," starring award-winning South African actress Jennifer Steyn as Sissy Goforth and Marcel Meyer as the Angel of Death!

The Chorus Girl Plays is a burlesque show, with dancers and chorus line providing the framework for the world premiere of "Curtains for the Gentleman", a comic thriller written by Tom Williams before he became "Tennessee." It features Lefty Lucy (Miss Coney Island 2011) and performers from Danszloop Chicago!

Kick back with Mississippi blues on Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th at the Surf Club! Tennessee Williams spent his childhood in the Mississippi Delta, where the music of the "Juke Joint" permeated the air. Visit our own Mississippi Juke Joint, complete with Mississippi Delta soul singer, Eden Brent!

For poetic comedy and witty wordplay, check out Gertrude Stein's "Pink Melon Joy" at the United Methodist Church, pick up a pink lollipop at the door and enter a world of pink where women gather for a baby shower that morphs into a raucous dinner party and a dark after-party!

Other offerings include "Slapstick Tragedy: The Mutilated," with cult film star Mink Stole and famed actress/playwright Penny Arcade; "A Neo-Benshi Streetcar," a revival of the Japanese art of live over-dubbing of popular films, including Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire"; and "In the Summer House," a workshop production of Jane Bowles' modern melodrama, being directed by Festival curator David Kaplan.

Chris Daniels is a writer, photographer and office-guru-about-town who shares her life with a bossy cat and “Damon, the Dog With the Toy”

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