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05.19.2018 | Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis: Interior Panic | $10

May 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Categories: Fair/Festival, Performance Art, Theatre


“Interior: Panic” is Williams’ stunning one-act precursor to “A Streetcar Named Desire.”
As he did with many plays, Williams experimented with various approaches in style, setting, and characterization. Blanche, Stanley, and Stella have different names but similar relationships. In this short version, Williams focuses on Blanche/Shannon’s disordered mental state: hearing voices, imagining dangers, fabricating reality. Set in a rundown, shotgun cottage in New Orleans, the play features weird voices and disturbing images. “Interior: Panic” seems to be the playwright’s expression of his sister Rose’s psychic deterioration. Director Tom Mitchell, Associate Head of the Department of Theatre at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will introduce the little-known Williams gem performed with scripts-in-hand on the set of “Streetcar.”

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