Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis Presents CONFESSIONS OF A NIGHTINGALE
The Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis, named 2019 Best Arts Startup by the Arts & Education Council, is pleased to present "Confessions of a Nightingale," directed by Lana Pepper, running November 1-4 at the Curtain Call Lounge at the Fox Theatre in the Grand Center Arts District.
St. Louis's own Tennessee Williams, widely considered to be America's greatest playwright, sat almost four decades ago for an extensive, self-revelatory interview with Charlotte Chandler. She, along with Ray Stricklyn, transformed that interview into a play that provides an unforgettable evening. The play has received rave reviews. The Los Angeles Timescalls it "an irresistibly charismatic one-man show." Time Magazine characterizes it as "ingratiatingly salty," and the Hollywood Reporter gushes that it is "a thrilling evening."
As the New York Times said, "This is 90 minutes spent in the company of a born dramatist ineluctably drawn to tell tales out of school." Tennessee gossips about Tallulah Bankhead, Truman Capote, Marlon Brando, and Greta Garbo-but in one of many deeply human moments of the play, he confesses that gossip, for him, is way of diverting people from that which is most personal--his work. And how would he like it all to end? 'If I could choose my spot to die," he says, "I would like it to be in a Broadway theater on opening night, listening to the wild ovation at the end of my newest play.''
We are lucky that Terry Meddows never left St. Louis for Broadway. A winner of both the Saint Louis Theater Circle Award and the Kevin Kline Award, his performance would make Williams himself proud.
Tickets for "Confessions of a Nightingale" go on sale on Friday, September 7 through MetroTix, at the Fox Box Office or at the door. General admission tickets are $30, preferred seating is $35 and students with a valid ID are $25. Parking available in Grand Center.
About Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis
Now in its fourth year, the Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis enriches the cultural life of St. Louis by producing an annual theater festival and other artistic and educational events that celebrate the art and influence of Tennessee Williams. The Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis is led by Executive Artistic Director Carrie Houk, a producer, casting director, actor, and teaching artist. For more information, visit www.twstl.org.