The National Theatre of Ghana Performs at Webster through Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis

Sep. 8, 2017

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Production of "10 Blocks on the Camino Real" takes place between the Loretto-Hilton Center and the Thompson Music building

The National Theatre of Ghana will be performing a production of "10 Blocks on the Camino Real," written by Tennessee Williams, directed by David Kaplan, and produced by Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival on the Webster Groves campus, Monday, Sept. 11. The performance will take place at 12 p.m. in the green space between The Loretto-Hilton Center and the Thompson Music Building. The performance is free and open to the public.

The National Theatre of Ghana performances are brought to St. Louis by the Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis and underwritten by PNC Arts Alive. The Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis produces an annual theater festival and other artistic and educational events that celebrate the art and influence of Tennessee Williams.

Tennessee Williams' "10 Blocks on the Camino Real"

Written by Tennessee Williams in 1947, “10 Blocks on the Camino Real” is a one-act play that relates in songs, dialogue and dance how the American hero Kilroy maintains his open heart in a grasping world, even after death. Performed in English, this 75-minute production retains Williams' text, yet is specific to Ghanaian culture, incorporating West African music, dress and sensibility. Under the direction of David Kaplan, Curator of the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, the show was performed outdoors at marketplaces in Ghana in 2016 and continues to tour there in addition to embarking on its first U.S. tour this fall.

In addition to the performance, the troupe will participate in an event co-sponsored by the Webster Ghana campus and the Office of Study Abroad, highlighting West African culture and our Webster Ghana campus. The event will take place in the EAB Commons at 2 p.m. A panel presentation on cross-cultural exchange will begin at 2:30 p.m.

At 4 p.m. the troupe will conduct a closed session with students from Webster’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts.

For those who can’t make the performance at Webster, the production is being performed in other locations around St. Louis this weekend. For more information visit www.twstl.org.

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