Theater

The Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis

When: May 11-15 2016

Tennessee Williams wasn't born in St. Louis, but he first started writing here. When his father pulled him out of college and put him to work at the International Shoe Company, Williams began writing in earnest at night. It was his escape from the drudgery of factory work, and a way for him to reclaim the part of himself that had to be subjugated in the factory. It's not farfetched to state that those all-night writing sessions in a sleeping St. Louis are where Tom Williams became Tennessee Williams. And so the Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis celebrates the work and life of this not-quite-native son. The festival includes lectures, films and performances of Williams' work from Wednesday, May 11, through Sunday, May 15. The official kick-off event is Jeremy Lawrence's one-man show, What's Next on the Agenda, Mr. Williams? at 7 p.m. at Curtain Call Lounge (521 North Grand Boulevard; www.twstl.org). Tickets are $56.50 and include a post-show reception.

Paul Friswold