The Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis, an Arts and Education Council grantee, will increase its reach this summer with a new radio show. “Something Spoken: Tennessee Williams On the Air” is set to launch on July 11. The program will air every other Saturday at 5:00 p.m. on Classic 107.3, another Arts and Education Council grantee.

Each episode of “Something Spoken: Tennessee Williams St Louis On the Air” will consist of fully produced Williams’ one-act plays along with interviews with scholars, directors and actors.

Broadway legend and St. Louisan Ken Page will narrate and noted Williams scholar Tom Mitchell will offer commentary on each episode. Performers will include: Nisi Sturgis, Rayme Cornell, J. Samuel Davis, Bob Harvey, Anita Jackson, Tony Merritt II, Elizabeth Teete, Bradley Tejeda, Rachel Tibbits, Donathan Walters, Kelley Weber, Donna Weinsting and Maggie Wininger. 

“Williams felt that one-acts were his strongest format,” Carrie Houk, TWSTL Executive Artistic Director shared. “He started out in St. Louis writing one-act plays, and one of his biggest breaks was winning a competition sponsored by the Group Theater in New York—the first time he signed his name as ‘Tennessee’ rather than ‘Tom'." 

He wrote more than 70 throughout his career. Many of Williams’ one-acts have been presented at the Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis.

In fall 2014, Carrie Houk thought she would just do one production of “Stairs to the Roof”, which had recently been published, but never professionally performed. Following that successful performance, it was clear St. Louis needed and wanted more of its most famous playwright who spent his formative years here. Since that first production, the organization has attracted thousands of attendees to the readings, panel discussions, concerts, art exhibitions, productions and playwriting contests celebrating the art and influence of Tennessee Williams. These radio plays add to TWSTL’s robust collection of programming.

This fall, Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis will reboot their fifth annual season that focuses on Williams’ youth and time spent with The Mummers, an offbeat St. Louis theatre company that tried out a number of his early plays and is immortalized in Williams' essay “Something Wild.”

“Tennessee Williams: Something Wild” will run October 22 through November 1 at The Link Auditorium, formerly The Wednesday Club and the theatre where The Mummers performed.

Until then, stay tuned to for "Something Spoken: Tennessee Williams On the Air" on Classic 107.3 FM starting July 11. Broadcast details will be available at twstl.org and classic1073.org.

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