Is it you? Is it me? Come to the Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans’s grand re-opening to find out For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls! Get ready for a night of Tennessee Williams spoofs that range from wacky to noir, showcasing the flagship playwright’s most iconic characters and plots in a completely different style.
First, meet Blanche—a down-on-her-luck aging schoolteacher shacked up with her sister’s husband and simply possessed by lust and desperation in Desire, Desire, Desire by Christopher Durang. A parade of characters includes Big Daddy, a set of Maggies, Stanley, and more in this hilarious take on A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and The Iceman Cometh.
Next, it’s over to the parlor of Amanda Wingvalley in the titular comedy For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls by Christopher Durang. Amanda’s son Lawrence has trouble meeting girls, so when his brother Tom brings home a feminine caller, the stakes are high…and the camp is higher.
Finally, sink your teeth into something spooky and mysterious with Swamp Gothic by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a loving send up of Suddenly Last Summer and Swamp Thing comics! Matthew has arrived at Black Water, a creepy old family home belonging to his roommate, but what he finds is more than he—or frankly, any of us—bargained for.
A versatile cast full of doubling and even tripling rolle will have you doubled over and in rolling in stitches as TWTC premieres its first night of live theatre since 2019!
Tennessee Williams’s moving novel about love and loneliness comes to the stage adapted by local playwright Justin Maxwell. A struggling writer teeters on the edge of collapse. He is haunted by the memories of his dead lover, as his current relationship grinds to a tumultuous end. His only lifeline, the titular Moise, is herself on the very brink of destruction. With little more than love and hope can they overcome the loneliness and desperation of a long winter night in 1970s NYC?
In Collaboration with the 2022 Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival
Presented by special arrangement with The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee.
August 5 - 21
The Marigny Opera House
This production is made possible by a grant from The New Orleans Theater Association
Summer and Smoke is Tennessee Williams’ devastating and glorious drama about things that could have been and the things that might never come again. Alma Winemiller is a minister’s daughter who grew up too fast in the shadow of the church and with the responsibility of caring for her demented mother. She pined for the uninhibited, passionate boy next door all through her youth, and now he’s returned to his hometown…and the torch Alma holds for him has never burned more brightly. Will her own fire consume her, or will she be smothered by the expectations and repression she’s grown so used to? And what if he’s not still there when she comes around? Will his heat be nothing but smoking cinders come autumn?
September 8 - 24
The Lower Depths Theatre
TWTC closes out our sixth season with Williams' haunting, poetic memory play about the finals days of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. Set outside the surreal gates of an asylum near Asheville, North Carolina, where Zelda spent her last confinement, this “ghost play” begins several years after Scott’s death of a heart attack in California. But the past is “still always present” in Zelda, and Williams’s constant shifting of chronology and mixing of remembrance with ghostly re-enactment suggest that our real intimacy is with the shadow characters of our own minds.
INTRODUCING PREMIUM RESERVED SEATING
TWTC is excited to announce our Premium Reserved Seating (PRS) for the general public. What does this mean? Purchasers of our Premium Reserved Seating at TWTC shows will enjoy reserved seating with an excellent view.
All of our productions are general admission, so seats are first come first served. A Premium Reserved Seat upgrade means you can arrive up to 5 minutes before show time and be guaranteed a great spot.
Please note: if your ticket order is split between (PRS) and regular General Admission, only (PRS) purchases will be reserved and seated together. For example, if you have two (PRS) and one student, only the two (PRS) are set aside. You would need to buy three (PRS) for everyone in your order to be set aside together. There are only a limited number of (PRS) tickets available for each performance.