March 12 — April 3


By Tennessee Williams

Presented in partnership with the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival and the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival

In collaboration with Beth Bartley/Irene Glezos Productions

Directed by Jef Hall-Flavin

Featuring Irene Glezos, Todd d’Amour, Beth Bartley, Brenda Currin, Carl Palmer, Dorian Rush, Donald Lewis, Cammie West, Michael Sullivan, Morrey McElroy, Lisa Shattuck, Lin Gathright, Jordan Kaplan, Roger Magendie, James Wright, Jr, Meghan Shea, Sarah Beth James, Matthew Rigdon


Thursdays – Saturdays at 8 PM

Sundays at 3 PM


University of New Orleans – Robert E. Nims Theatre

Follow this link for directions to the theater!

Ask the Box Office about round trip shuttle service from the French Quarter to UNO for the March 31-April 3 performances.

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In Tennessee Williams’ re-imagining of the Orpheus myth, enigmatic young musician Val arrives in a backwards Southern town with his guitar, a snakeskin jacket, and a mysterious past. His fiery romance with Lady, a passionate older woman with a dying husband and secrets of her own, ignites a chain of events that reveals the hypocrisy and brutality of the community. ORPHEUS DESCENDING is a Southern Gothic fable that stands with the author’s greatest work.

Previews: March 9 - 11 ($25)
Special Events
March 10   UNO Night
March 11   Benefit for the New Orleans Film Society
March 12   Opening Night. Pre-performance talk
March 13   Post-matinee talkback
March 17   Pay What You Can Night
March 19   Pre-performance talk (7:20 PM)
March 20   Post-matinee talkback
March 26   Pre-performance talk: "The Fugitives of Tennessee Williams" (7:20 PM)
March 27   Post-matinee talkback
April 2   Pre-performance talk (7:20 PM)
April 3   Post-matinee talkback
"A potent mixture of violence, sweetness, anguish, and desire"

—The New Statesman

"Mr. Williams’ magic style of writing and his instinct for theatre have created a world that is entirely his own."

—The New York Times

"A parable … about the doomed struggle of the artist to negotiate between flesh and spirit, life and death."

—The Guardian