The St. Louis Rooming-House Plays (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.”

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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…

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The Maids

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.

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