“Tennessee Williams: Weird Tales” is an evening of three one-act plays by Tennessee Williams, including the world premieres of “Ivan’s Widow” and “The Strange Play” and the rarely produced “Steps Must Be Gentle.”
Produced by the Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans and presented as part of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, the show runs April 1-17 at St. Charles Avenue Christian Church, 6200 St. Charles Ave.
The three plays that make up “Tennessee Williams: Weird Tales” are tied together by a single character, a young boy reading a copy of “Weird Tales” magazine, who uses his vivid imagination to bring the stories to life on stage.
“Ivan’s Widow” (1982) is a psycho-sexual drama about a young widow who begins seeing a psychotherapist, but their relationship soon evolves into something more sinister.
“The Strange Play” (1939) finds a young girl alone in a French Quarter courtyard. When her world starts spinning and her future flashes before her eyes, she embarks on a fantastical journey of love and loss that reminds her how short and precious life can be.
“Steps Must Be Gentle” imagines a conversation between the poet Hart Crane and his mother, both dead, meeting beneath the sea to hash out the differences and disputes that went unresolved during their lifetimes.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.twtheatrenola.com or by calling (504) 264-2580 and are $25 for general admission or $20 for students and seniors. Friday, opening night, ticket prices are $50 for general admission, $35 for students and seniors and includes a Champagne toast and a signed copy of the production poster.
Half of ticket sales from opening night benefit the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.