Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis brings theatre to a neighborhood near you
6 September, 2017
Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis, an A&E grantee, is taking theatre to the streets this weekend with their production of 10 Blocks on the Camino Real. The one-act play will be performed by the National Theatre of Ghana across St. Louis – from the Soulard Market all the way to Webster University.
One of Williams’ lesser known plays, 10 Blocks tells the story of how American hero Kilroy maintains his open heart in a repressive world, even after death, and contains Williams’ long-running themes of fleeting love, youth and beauty.
Executive Artistic Director Carrie Houk speaks to the cultural and societal relevance of 10 Blocks saying, “In this play Kilroy, our hero, gets caught up in a city with lots of challenges, which I think can speak to many American cities right now.”
10 Blocks on the Camino Real is also providing Tennessee Williams Festival an opportunity to carry out their mission of keeping the theatre alive, vibrant and accessible.
“I really think the theatre belongs to the community, it’s not just for the elite,” says Houk. “There are many adults in our community and elsewhere who have never seen a live play, and this is such a perfect taste; it will have music, it has dance, it’s colorful, it’s lively, it’s about life and living and seeking.”
Catch Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis and National Theatre of Ghana’s production of 10 Blocks on the Camino Real at various locations across the city Friday, September 8, through Monday, September 11.
For more information on Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis and 10 Blocks on the Camino Real, visit twstl.org.