Eight by Tenn

 

Zeitgeist Stage presents Eight by Tenn, an evening of eight short plays by Tennessee Williams. Williams is the acclaimed playwright of classic shows such as The Glass Menagerie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and A Streetcar Named Desire. Over his entire career, Williams consistently wrote short plays which aren’t performed frequently because of their brevity. As the author himself wrote, “The peak of my virtuosity was in the one- act plays. Some of which are like firecrackers on a rope.” Zeitgeist is pleased to present eight of these gems from the master dramatists. Zeitgeist’s evening will consist of The Lady of Larkspur Lotion, Portrait of a Madonna, Auto-Da-Fe, This Property is Condemned, Something Unspoken, A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot, The Unsatisfactory Supper, and Talk to Me Like the Rain… (In 2006, SpeakEasy Stage Company presented a program entitled Five by Tenn. Zeitgeist’s Eight by Tenn does not include any of the same play titles.)

 

Sept 2nd through Oct 8th

at the Boston Center for the Arts

 

 

Exit Strategy

 

Exit Strategy examines the human implications of one school closing in a taut comedy/drama about the future of public education. A large city school is slated to permanently close at the end of the school year. The school’s staff reacts with different modes of self-survival, while a precocious student redirects the school’s website to an Indiegogo campaign to fund the school’s survival. They’re convinced that if they can get the attention of the wider, and whiter, Chicago community, the community will help save the school. As the school year progresses, the students and staff experience how much the deck is stacked against the kids in the school.

 

Feb 17th through March 11th at the Boston Center for the Arts  

 

 

DESIRE

 

Plays by contemporary playwrights adapted from short stories by Tennessee Williams.

Plays by Elizabeth Egloff, Marcus Gardely, Rebecca Gilman, David Grimm, John Guare, and Beth Henley. America's most lauded playwrights come together for a celebration of one of America's greatest wordsmiths. Adapted from Tennessee Williams' short stories, the plays of Desire are destined to be new classics for the 21st century. Depicting love and innocence, isolation and loss, these unforgettable tales serve as a reminder that great stories have the power to change our lives.

 

"Breathes with the same fervent romanticism that marks Williams’ plays!” -Charles Isherwood, - The New York Times

 

April 28th through May 20th at the Boston Center for the Arts