The St. Louis Rooming-House Plays (2016) St. Louis, Missouri 2016

Four short plays by Tennessee Williams performed with live music in a St. Louis mansion. Photos below by Ride Hamilton.

As refuge from the battle of life, in his plays Tennessee Williams offered men and women rented beds, often in the rooms of a  boarding-house.  Four short plays set by Williams in rented rooms in St. Louis,  performed in the rooms of the historic Stockton House in St. Louis, under the direction of David Kaplan with Brian Hohlfeld staging “The Pink Bedroom.” Continue readingThe St. Louis Rooming-House Plays (2016) St. Louis, Missouri 2016

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On a hiatus, while curating the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival’s 2019 Mishima season

2018 productions directed by David Kaplan included Garcia Lorca’s Doña Rosita and Shakespeare’s The Tragedie of Anthonie, and Cleopatra.

Doña Rosita

Lubbock, Texas and Provincetown

Above: June 2018.  Rosita (Malana Wilson) in Lubbock, Texas.
Below: Anna Ruth Aaron-deSpain (the Housekeeper) and Zaira Cervantes (the aunt).  Photos by Ride Hamilton

Below: Doña Rosita rehearsing in Lubbock, Texas. Left to right: Esperanza Gonzales, Fernando Ramirez, Malāna Wilson, Anna Ruth Aaron-DeSpain.

Below: Lorca and his sister Isabella in 1914, when Federico was 16.

Click here for the  images assembling for Doña Rosita  2018

The Tragedie of Anthonie, and Cleopatra ( Part I )—up to the traditional Act III, scene 2—was presented in Provincetown in September 2017Photos by Ride Hamilton below. Ghana’s Abena Takyi as one of five Cleopatras. Everett Quinton as another.  Part II was staged in Accra, Ghana in May 2018 and in Provincetown, Massachusetts in September 2018.

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The Maids Ulan Baator, Mongolia 1995

Audiences laughed at the maids’ attempts to murder their mistress.

In the photograph above the maids wait for their over-friendly mistress to drink a poisoned cup of tea. “It’s such a pleasure making people happy,” Madame croons.  The cruel humor of the play appealed to Mongolians. Proud infamy is something the descendants of Chinggis Khan understand. Women played all three roles. Continue readingThe Maids Ulan Baator, Mongolia 1995

King Lear Tashkent, Uzbekistan 1997

A Sufi interpretation of Shakespeare’s text

Uzbekistan is in Central Asia, north of Afghanistan. The Uzbeks are the descendents of Chinggis Khan who converted to Islam in the 1300’s. In the deserts of this country the Mongolian shaman was absorbed into the role of the dervish, and the shaman’s ecstatic flight transformed to a whirling dance: the way of the Sufi.
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