SAG Award winner Bryan Batt will perform his solo play, Dear Mr. Williams, as part of the St. Louis Tennessee Williams Festival in May.
The New Orleans-set play takes audiences through the journey of a young gay artist’s coming of age with Williams’ work as his guide. Michael Wilson directs the production that received a New York City reading last year.
Dear Mr. Williams will run May 10–11 at the Curtain Call Lounge.
Also planned is Williams’ Night of the Iguana, featuring Jim Butz, Lavonne Byers, Nisi Sturgis, Elizabeth Townsend, and Harry Weber. Performances run May 9–19 at the Grandel Theatre.
The festival will also present Williams’ St. Louis-set A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, featuring Maggie Wininger, Kelley Weber, Julie Layton, and Ellie Schwetye. Kari Ely will direct the production that runs May 11–19.
Best known to nationwide audiences as Salvatore Romano on Mad Men (for which he won two SAG Awards as part of the Outstanding Ensemble), Batt is a veteran of the Broadway stage. He made his debut in the original production of Cats, replacing for Munkustrap. He later joined Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express, followed by Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He played Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast and appeared in the original Broadway production of Sunset Boulevard. He was also featured in Jeffrey, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Saturday Night Fever, and Seussical. Most recently, he understudied the role of Albin in the 2004 revival of La Cage aux Folles.
Visit TWSTL.org for tickets and schedules.