In the 1930s and ’40s, a young, still unknown Williams honed his craft writing one-act plays exploring a variety of story lines and theatrical scenarios. The Shakespeare Theatre presents five of these plays at the Kennedy Center as a part of the Tennessee Williams Explored festival. Directed by Michael Kahn, the production features I Can’t Imagine Tomorrow and the world premieres of These Are Stairs You Got to Watch, And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens, The Municipal Abattoir and Escape.

Michael Kahn explores these theatrical gems in full productions featuring some of the theatre’s finest stage actors. A close friend and collaborator of Williams, Kahn has garnered awards and high praise for his productions of Williams’ work, both on Broadway and at the Shakespeare Theatre.

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Five By Tenn

Apr 21, 2004 - May 9, 2004

Klein Theatredirected by Michael Kahn

Five one-act plays by Tennessee Williams

Including four world premieres
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