AND TELL SAD STORIES of the DEATHS OF QUEENS by Tennessee Williams

Written in 1957 but never produced in his own lifetime, And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens, is the only of Williams’ plays to deal directly with gay characters. The story is set in the French Quarter of New Orleans and follows the exploits of Candy, a transvestite, as she reaches out to a beautiful but brutish young sailor named Karl.

Candy Delaney is a successful New Orleans interior decorator (and also a transvestite) approaching her 35th birthday. Alvin & Jerry, the two Alabama boys, rent the slave quarters upstairs and spy on Candy’s affairs. On the rebound from a seventeen-year relationship, Candy goes out to a queer bar, and picks up a rough sailor, Karl, on whom she lavishes money, and tries to build a nest for them in her home. Karl is uncertain of Candy, but he is broken down and needs a little tenderness. On the day of the dreaded 35th birthday, Karl walks out on Candy, and it’s left to the two queens who live upstairs, Alvin and Jerry, to comfort her.

The play offers remarkable insight into the work that would later become trademark Tennessee Williams – a fading southern belle, a conflicted young man, and hilariously wrought neighbours.  Afterglow Theatre presents this gem of vintage Williams through our lens of carefully-crafted movement, sound, and music, with our heart on our sleeve and a fistful of whimsy.

Directed by Aaron Rothermund

Featuring Seth Drabinsky, Mark Waters, Geoff Stevens, and Adam Norrad.

Crew: Reut Shilton (Stage Manager), Adam Barrett (Production Manager), Bryan Hall (Lighting & Set/Prop Design), Jake Blackwood (Sound Design), Sam Aylsworth (Costumes Design), Miquelon Rodriguez (Musical Design),

Tuesday, May 1st The Danforth: Magic Oven (discount pizza and beer), 8pm
Wednesday, May 2nd Leslieville: The Curzon. 8pm
Thursday, May 3rd The Annex: The Green Room, 7:30pm
Friday, May 4th Roncesvalles: Lokys, 8pm
Saturday, May 5th North York: The Gibson House, 8pm
Sunday, May 6th St. Clair West: Galleria 814, 8pm
Monday, May 7th Cabbagetown: Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club, 8pm

The Tennessee Williams Project is featuring the talents of nine theatre companies in the largest co-production Toronto has seen in years, the Tennessee Project will hit Toronto in MAY 2012! For seven nights, nine productions of Tennessee Williams’ one-acts will rotate through seven different Toronto neighborhoods, bringing Tennessee right to the heart of Toronto. We at the Tennessee Project believe Toronto has en enormous appetite for art, and seek to make it accessible, amiable, and celebratory, bringing theatre about our communities directly to them; to decentralize theatre from the downtown core and celebrate Toronto’s many faces, colors, and textures through the work of Williams – a man who always defended and treasured people from every walk of life.


“I am so deeply impressed with the vision and originality of the Tennessee Project! It is everything that a holistic arts project should be: grounded in excellence, collaborative in nature and focused on community. Bravo. I can’t wait.”

– Albert Schultz, Artistic Director of Soulpepper



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