Tennessee Williams Fest to Feature Dukakis, Wallach, Jackson, Eccentricities and More

News   Tennessee Williams Fest to Feature Dukakis, Wallach, Jackson, Eccentricities and More Theatre veterans Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson and Olympia Dukakis will take part in the third annual Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival in Provincetown, MA, which begins Sept. 25.
Olympia Dukakis
Olympia Dukakis

The four-day celebration (through Sept. 28) of Williams' work will include panel discussions as well as revivals of Williams' plays and new works inspired by the playwright.

Highlights include discussions with Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis; and Tony winner Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson: All will discuss their connections to Williams and his dramatic work.

The Off-Broadway production of Eccentricities of a Nightingale will be presented by The Actors Company, in addition to the world premiere of Williams' erotic play Green Eyes, which has been paired with his early work, Adam and Eve on a Ferry. Festival director Jef Hall-Flavin will stage the double-bill that will feature Robertson Dean and Jaimi Page.

The Williams Festival has also invited the New England Conservatory of Music to present a concert version of Lee Hoiby and Lanford Wilson's operatic version of Summer and Smoke. Marc Astafan directs the evening, which is entitled Love Songs from Summer and Smoke.

Also on the bill is The Dog Enchanted by the Divine View, Williams' initial version of The Rose Tattoo, directed by David Kaplan and featuring Larry Coen and Nancy Cassaro. Sarah V. Michelson will direct the Brooklyn on Foot production of Camino Real. Previously presented at the New Orleans Williams Festival, the drama is staged around the Crown & Anchor swimming pool.

Gregg Barrios' Rancho Pancho, a new play exploring Williams' relationship with his Mexican partner Pancho Rodriguez, will be presented by the Classic Theatre of San Antonio, and DanceLoop Chicago will premiere Lorita!, a dance adaptation of Williams' short story "Happy August 10th." A collection of short plays penned by local playwrights, Young Love, will feature the New Provincetown Players.

Performances will take place at various venues across Provincetown.

For more information and tickets visit TWPTown.org or call (800) 789-8366.