by John Stoltenberg
DC Metro Theater Arts
Sitting in the front row in a child-size chair, I watched a puppet show based improbably on a play by Tennessee Williams. The occasion was a preview at Spooky Action Theater of a never-before-produced script that Williams wrote as a university student and titled The Lady from the Village of Falling Flowers. Subtitled “A Japanese Fantasy in One Act,” it had been mounted in miniature by Natsu Onoda Power, who not only directed and designed it but built almost every bit of it.
by Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll
Cape Cod Times
East meets West in unusual ways this weekend when the 14th annual Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival focuses on a Japanese author’s influence on the playwright.
The Thursday-through-Sunday celebration of Williams, who wrote some of his most famous works in town, and writer Yukio Mishima — whom festival officials called “perhaps Japan’s most provocative writer” — will include two world premieres as well as some celebrity power.
by Ian Thal
Washington City Paper
In a church basement on 16th Street NW, an experimental theater company is rehearsing a world premiere. That an experimental troupe like Spooky Action Theater might be working on a never-before-seen play may seem par for the course, but the playwright in this case is a legend of American theater: Tennessee Williams. The play, The Lady from the Village of Falling Flowers, is just one of the vast number of works left unpublished when the prolific writer died in 1983.