According to Houk, “Stairs to the Roof deserves a place in the pantheon of great Williams plays. Beautifully written, it includes interpersonal drama, philosophical reflection, hilarity, unexpected otherworldliness, and a shocking yet satisfyingly liberating ending.” A cast of 14 join artists from Jazz St. Louis and Saint Louis Ballet to create a spectacle unlike anything St. Louis has seen…and boasting the inaugural production at the Boo Cat Club! Artists Pat and Carol Schuchard recently restored this long dormant theater space - once run by the St. Louis Artists Guild and home to some of Williams’ early works while he lived in the area - to a beautiful multi-purpose community arts center.
But the play won’t be the only option for lovers of Williams’ works and life. Guests that attend the Sunday, November 9th matinee will have the option of taking a Williams scholar moderated bus tour of the sites from the play along with his home and final resting place prior to the performance. Additionally, a panel discussion on Williams’ St. Louis years will follow the November 9 matinee. David Kaplan (Curator of the Tennessee Williams Festival in Provincetown), author and Williams scholar
Thomas Mitchell, director and Williams scholar Henry Schvey and director Fred Abrahamse (world renowned director of Williams’ canon) will participate. Talk-backs will also be held after the second and third Thursday night performances making for a full experience of America’s great playwright.