Angels in America Star to Head Cast of Kennedy Center's Five by Tenn | Playbill

News Angels in America Star to Head Cast of Kennedy Center's Five by Tenn
Kathleen Chalfant, who received a Tony nomination for her performance in Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, will take part in the Kennedy Center's upcoming festival of Tennessee Williams works, "Tennessee Williams Explored."
Kathleen Chalfant
Kathleen Chalfant

Chalfant will star in Five by Tenn, an evening of five one-act plays by the late playwright. Three of the one-acts are world premieres; Shakespeare Theatre Artistic Director Michael Kahn will direct the evening. No other casting has been announced for the production, which will play the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theatre April 21-May 9. The one-acts that comprise Five by Tenn include "I Can't Imagine Tomorrow," "These Are Stairs You Got to Watch," "And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens. . .," "The Municipal Abattoir" and "Escape."

Kathleen Chalfant recently did double duty Off-Broadway, performing in both Savannah Bay and Talking Heads. The actress was a Tony Award nominee for her turn in Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. Other credits include her lauded performance in Wit, as well as roles in Racing Demon and M. Butterfly. Though superseded by film actress Meryl Streep in the screen adaptation of Angels in America,, Chalfant appeared in the HBO Films version of The Laramie Project.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is located at 2700 F. Street, NW in Washington, D.C. Tickets for "Tennessee Williams Explored" will go on sale Feb. 7, 2004. For more information about the Center’s many productions, go to

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