Tennessee Williams is best-known for plays considered among the greatest of all America drama, “The Glass Menagerie,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.” But there have been 50 productions of Williams’ work on Broadway alone, and while many of these were revivals of his most familiar plays, his career spanned half a century.
â€œThe Unknown Williamsâ€ is a festival of 12 unknown and rarely seen works by Tennessee Williams, fully-staged productions that will involve over 100 directors, actors, designers and puppeteers. The co-production of Target Margin Theater and The Bushwick Starr Theater will run from March 11 to March 27
Here is the schedule:
This is the Peacheable Kingdom
A place of love without fear; or a nursing home riot
Lead artist: William Burke
Thursday, March 11th at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 12th at 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 13th at 7:30 p.m.
The Case of the Crushed Petunias â€˜A Lyrical Fantasy’
This stylized and flamboyant piece serves as a timeless adulthood fable with subtle notes of Hitchcock and â€œThe Twilight Zoneâ€ in flavor
Lead Artist: Sherrine Azab
Why Do You Smoke So Much, Lily?
A haunting tale of unfulfilled dreams, parental pressure and personal inertia.
Lead Artist: Kate Foster
Three members of a chain-gang can only sit and wonder as a fourth makes a run for his freedom.
Lead Artist: Andrew Simon
Friday, March 12th at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 13th at 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 14th at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, March 15th at 7:30 p.m.
The Municipal Abattoir
On a city street somewhere, one man stops another to ask for directions. A short play about politics and punctuality.
Lead Artist: Diana Konopka
The Day On Which a Man Dies
Not a play about the death of a Great Painter: it is the death of painting, of art, and of greatness.
Lead Artist: Jake Hooker
Wednesday, March 17th at 7: 30 p.m.
Friday, March 19th, at 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 20th at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 21st at 7:30 p.m.
Williams’ only verse drama, a tale of passion, murder and blood atonement in territorial New Mexico, will be performed by puppets on a small stage
Lead Artist: Kathleen Kennedy Tobin
Thank You, Kind Spirit
At the end of Chartres Street, in the Vieux Carre of New Orleans, Mother Ducios presides over a spiritualist service.
Lead Artist: Alisa Matlovsky
Thursday, March 18th at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 19th at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 20th at 9:30 p.m.
Monday, March 22nd at 7:30 p.m.
Now the Cats with Jewelled Claws
â€˜Ladies Who Lunch’ in a cafÃ© that’s a refugee from a Toulouse Lautrec design with a James Dean-esque (gay) biker duo â€“ what else could it be but a Williams play?
Lead Artist: Donya K. Washington
Thursday, March 25th at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 26th at 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 27th at 7:30 p.m.
The Pronoun â€œIâ€
A mad Queen of England, a nearly nude narcissistic boy-beloved, a hot rugged revolutionary, and a great gilded assertion of the first person singular
Lead Artist: Michael Levinton
The Test of this compact erotic thriller becomes an outlet for one woman’s outrageous fantasy, testing the limits of sexual tolerance in a backhanded satire of heterosexual matrimony.
Lead Artist: Travis Chamberlain
The Remarkable Rooming-House of Mme. Le Monde
In this perverse and brutal work, comic horror plays out with some of Williams’ most outrageous characters.
Lead Artist: Shannon Sindelar
Wednesday, March 24th at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 25th at 9:30 p.m.
Friday, March 26th at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 27th at 9:30 p.m.
Tickets are $12 and may be purchased online