Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival Announces 2022 Tennessee Williams Institute Lineup


The 17th Annual Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival has announced the 2022 Tennessee Williams Institute (TWI) Scholars.

The Tennessee Williams Institute (TWI), now in its 10th year, is offering a graduate and doctoral level symposium at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival in conjunction with Texas Tech University.

Participants attend Provincetown Festival productions and participate in discussions about Festival programming. The cost to attend the Institute, including tickets and the symposium, is $550 with a 10% discount on tuition if you register by August 15.

TWI’s main focus is live performance, which in 2022 includes Festival productions of A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and a new adaptation of a short story by Williams titled One Arm. Lectures by TWI scholars and conversations with Festival artists from around the world, share new and expanded approaches to Tennessee Williams’ plays with those who will shape his reputation in the future: directors, teachers, critics, scholars, designers , playwrights, producers, playwrights and actors.

The 2022 lineup, titled Tutti Frutti Tennessee Williams, offers a unique insight into Williams’ work from the 1930s through the 1980s, from his crowd-pleasing Broadway hits to his sweeping writing — early and late — that continues to challenging audiences to savor, as Williams put it, “the weird, the crazy, the bizarre”. “Let’s call it Frutti”, says David Kaplan, curator of the Festival.

TWI Fellows

This year’s TWI Fellows offer insight into Williams’ work from a variety of perspectives.

Chris Jones

Chris Jones is the Chicago Tribune’s chief theater critic. He reviewed and commented on culture, arts, politics and entertainment for the Chicago Tribune for 15 years. Prior to joining the staff of the Tribune, Jones served as a traveling theater critic for Variety and Daily Variety for many years, publishing several hundred theater reviews with particular emphasis on pre-Broadway essays. He has covered theater in many cities across the United States, including as a reviewer for Variety on Broadway.

He sits on the editorial board of the annual Best Plays and has twice served on the Pulitzer Prize Drama Committee. His art reviews have also appeared frequently in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, American Theater magazine, and many other newspapers and magazines. For many years he chaired the committee of the American Theater Critics Association which annually recommends a theater to receive the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater.

Jones spent 10 years teaching at Northern Illinois University, where he served as both associate professor and assistant director of the School of Theater and Dance. He also served as associate dean of the DePaul University Theater School, where he continues to serve as an adjunct professor. Her honors include the American College Theater Festival Gold Medal, for her work with young theater critics.

Originally from Manchester, UK, Jones earned a doctorate from The Ohio State University in 1989.

Margit Longfrein

Margit Longbrake, editor of The Historic New Orleans Collection, acquires and edits books and museum publications, and since 2016 has served as editor of the Tennessee Williams Annual Review, where she oversaw editing and first publication of a number of primary publications. Texts by Williams unearthed from the archives. She is editor of Afro-Creole Poetry in French at Louisiana’s Radical Civil War-Era Newspapers: A Bilingual Edition, translated and presented by Clint Bruce (THNOC, 2020), winner of the 2021 Lois Roth Award for Literary Translation and shortlisted for the 2021 ALTA National Translation Award in Poetry. She worked for over a decade at the Modern Language Association, where she acquired and developed educational anthologies and literary translations and served on the committee that generated the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook.

Gregory S. Carr

Greg Carr is a professor of speech and drama at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, MO. His essays have appeared in the Routledge Companion to African American Theatre, Theater Symposium Volume 21: Ritual, Religion and Theatre, and Theater Symposium 26. At the 2022 Institute, he will moderate a conversation about Tennessee Williams & Race, providing context for the Festival performances of Williams’ short play “The Peaceable Kingdom or Good Luck God” and “peripheral” characters from “Streetcar.”

Tom Mitchell

Tom Mitchell is Professor Emeritus of Theater at the University of Illinois and Scholar-in-Residence for the Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis. Mitchell also chaired the summer theater program at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and served on the National Committee for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. He directed all of Tennessee Williams’ early plays, including the 21st century premieres of Candles to the Sun.

and Stairs to the roof. Mitchell edited the previously unreleased “Why Did Desdemona Love the Moor?” for the Tennessee Williams Annual Revue and adapted it for performance at the 2021 Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival. He is the author of Tennessee Williams Wrestles with Race in Three Unpublished Stories: “Goat Song”, “Heavenly Grass” and ” Why Did Desdemona Love the Moor?” in the Tennessee Williams Annual Review, issue 18, 2019. Its edition “The Caterpillar Dogs: Early Stories by Tennessee Williams” is expected from New Directions in 2023.

Discussions will be moderated by Carrie Chapter. Carrie Chapter is a freelance playwright who focuses on both new plays and musical development. For the past several years, she has served as chief playwright for the National Music Theater Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and guest playwright for its National Playwrights Conference. For seven years, Carrie served as literary director and playwright at the Philadelphia Theater Company, during which time she performed in over 30 regional and world premieres as a production playwright. In addition to her freelance work, she also teaches a crash course in writing for theater majors at Temple University. Carrie is a proud graduate of Washington College (BA) and Villanova University (MA), as well as a Fellow of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA).

For more information on Tennessee Williams Institute programming, including Williams 101 and festival internships, visit www.twptown.org/study

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