DESIRE An evening of one act plays based on Tennessee Williams’ short stories

DESIRE An evening of one act plays based on Tennessee Williams’ short stories

The Acting Company has commissioned Pulitzer Prize-winner Beth Henley and Tony-winner John Guare along with Elizabeth Egloff, Marcus Gardley, Rebecca Gilman and David Grimm to celebrate one of America’s greatest wordsmiths. Desire is certain to be a classic for the 21st Century, keeping Tennessee Williams’ words alive and introducing him to new audiences. Depicting love and innocence, isolation and loss, these unforgettable tales serve as a reminder that great stories have the power to change one’s life. Directed by Michael Wilson.

Desire will have its world premiere at 59East59 Theater, September 2-October 10. TICKETS:  212.279.4200 or

Desire features Acting Company alums Megan Bartle, Liv Rooth, John Skelley, Derek Smith and Yaegel T. Welch as well as Kristen Adele, Juliet Brett, Brian Cross and Mickey Theis.

Arguably America’s greatest poet-playwright of the 20th century, Tennessee Williams was also a very accomplished writer of prose, penning two novels and a significant body of short fiction. Many of these short stories became the first narrative sketches for a number of his full-length plays, including some of his major works: The Yellow Bird evolved into Summer and Smoke, One Arm into Camino Real, Three Players of a Summer Game into Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Night of the Iguana into the eponymous play and Man Bring This Up Road into The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore. Desire offers the unique experience of engaging with new dramatizations of Williams’ stories, newly and freshly dramatized by some of America’s best contemporary playwrights.

The Acting Company's long history of commissioning and presenting new works based on classic literature includes Lynn Nottage’s Mud, River, StoneLove’s Fire based on Shakespeare Sonnets by Eric Bogosian, William Finn, John Guare, Tony Kushner, Marsha Norman, Ntozake Shange and Wendy WassersteinThe Robber Bridegroom by Alfred Uhry; Orchards based on Chekhov works by Maria Irene Fornes, Spalding Gray, John Guare, David Mamet, Wendy Wasserstein, Michael Weller and Samm-Art Williams; and, most recently, Rebecca Gilman’s adaptation of Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, which was selected as the 4th best play of the season by TIME Magazine.

Scenic/Projection Design: Jeff Cowie
Costume Design: David C. Woolard
Lighting Design: Russell H. Champa
Original Music/Sound Design: John Gromada