Tennessee Williams’ plays to get Touhill treatment

Last month marked 30 years since the death of Tennessee Williams. And three decades on, his stories continue to stand as classics of the American stage.

In celebration of Williams, the Department of Theatre, Dance and Media Studies at the University of Missouri­–St. Louis will present “Four by Tenn,”a collection of four of his most compelling one-act plays.

“Four by Tenn” will be staged at 7:30 p.m. March 14, 15 and 16 in the E. Desmond and Mary Ann Lee Theater at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. Matinee performances are at 2 p.m. March 16 and 17. Tickets are $5-$10. The performance is for mature audiences.

Among the plays that will be performed is Williams’ heartbreaking one-act play “This Property is Condemned,” which tells the story of a 13-year-old girl in Mississippi who is world-weary before her time. The other acts include “Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens,” “Dark Room” and “Thank You Kind Spirit.”

Williams is widely regarded as one of the greatest playwrights in American history. He wrote several award-winning plays, including “The Glass Menagerie,” “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” He had deep ties to St. Louis, having attended high school and college in the area. He’s also buried in Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis.


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