See “A Streetcar Named Desire” at the 2018 Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis

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Renowned playwright Tennessee Williams spent many of his formative years in St. Louis and attended Soldan High School, a setting which would later inform one of his finest plays, “The Glass Menagerie,” a play which solidified Williams’ status as a successful playwright. St. Louis’ annual Tennessee Williams Festival pays tribute to Williams and will take place this year May 10–19 at the Grandel Theatre.

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“A Streetcar Named Desire” original cast, photo courtesy of Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis.

Themed “The French Quarter Years,” this year’s festival honors the time Williams spent living in many different parts of the French Quarter in New Orleans. The city is also the setting of this year’s mainstage production “A Streetcar Named Desire,” often cited as Williams’ magnum opus. “I think Williams was certainly the great American poet of the Other. He deeply captured the loneliness of being someone who is different. That came from his life as a gay man, but also his life as an artist and a Southerner,” says Chicago-based theatre director Richard Corley, who directed last year’s production of Williams’ play, “Small Craft Warnings.”

Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis
.ZACK Theatre
3224 Locust St., 2J
St. Louis, MO, 63103

Cover image courtesy of The Grandel Theatre.

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