Amiri Baraka, who wrote the 1964 racially provocative play Dutchman, under the name LeRoi Jones, will be honored for his work during a festival that includes Williams' plays as well as performance art, discussions, music and film.
The festival will present some of Williams' unknown works, including the world premiere of his 1980 short play Sun Burst. This unpublished play will be paired with The One Exception, completed by Williams in January 1983, a few weeks before his death.
The event, curated by David Kaplan, includes new work created especially for the festival by an international gathering of playwrights, film-makers, choreographers, musicians, poets, sculptors, acrobats and drag queens – all inspired by Tennessee Williams.
In addition, the festival will explore women's roles in Williams' work, with performances directed by women, original work by women writers, choreographers and performance artists.
Williams explored numerous dramatic styles, especially later in life. The festival will present works highlighting the avant garde art scene in the late 40's in Provincetown, where Williams spent time. Events include an homage to performance artist Valeska Gert, performed by Julie Atlas Muz; and Valeska biographer from Berlin, Susanne Foellmer, will speak and show Valeska footage from the 1920's to the 1970's. Provincetown will gear up for the festival with a fundraiser featuring actor Jeremy Lawrence as Mr. Williams in the critically acclaimed one-man show Everybody Expects Me to Write Another Streetcar at the Provincetown Theater on Aug. 24.
Performances will take place at various venues across Provincetown. The Tennessee Williams Festival will run Sept. 27 –Sept. 30 in Provincetown, MA. For more information and tickets visit www.twptown.org or call (800) 791-7487.