The 2019 Season

...the stories, the jokes, the confidences and confessions I’ve heard that night, it makes me feel not alone.
— Small Craft Warnings, Tennessee Williams
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The Williams Project is thrilled to announce The Bar Plays


Small Craft Warnings
 By Tennessee Williams 

and
The Time of Your Life By William Saroyan

One Functioning Bar. One Dynamic Cast. Two American Masterpieces in Rotating Repertory. 

Coming August 2019.

Small Craft Warnings 
By Tennessee Williams 
Directed by Ryan Guzzo Purcell

A doctor, beautician, a sex worker, a stud, a scriptwriter, a cook, and a boy from Iowa walk into a bar. In a dive on the wharf in San Diego, a makeshift community laughs, drinks, dances, fights, and cares for one another in Small Craft Warnings, Tennessee Williams's brilliant meditation on the lengths to which we will go to find human connection. 

The Time of Your Life 
By William Saroyan
Directed by Ryan Guzzo Purcell

How do you make each moment in your life matter? An ensemble of eight actors will tackle this question (and more than 30 characters!) as they stumble in and out of Nick's Saloon, a San Francisco spot trying to hold onto its soul in a city being rapidly transformed by economics and anxiety. It’s Our Town with a cold beer, calling us to enjoy our city and each other while we have the chance. It's The Williams Project's first comedy! 

Grab a seat and make yourself at home.

From the Artistic Director:

Bars function a lot like theaters.

We go to both spaces to hear great stories, to laugh and sometimes cry, and to share an experience, whether with friends or complete strangers. Often, we accidentally expose our vulnerability and desperation. We can’t hide. Both spaces are filled with the complexity, diversity, and range of human experience. Politics and economics intertwine with friendships and rivalries. 
 
The Williams Project has done a lot of very political plays, and these slice-of-life stories in bars are a bit of a departure. But I couldn’t shake the feeling that these plays are exactly what we need to be working on and sharing. The denizens of these plays are living in scary times: Small Craft Warnings takes place during the Vietnam War; The Time of Your Life takes place shortly before the U.S. enters World War II. These characters are just trying to make a connection, do the right thing, enjoy their lives as the world changes around them. For me, these are plays about what community looks like and how we treat each other in the midst of uncertainty and catastrophe. As always, The Williams Project aims to do these plays in a way that makes these questions contemporary, complex, and urgent.     
 
”When you come to see Small Craft Warnings and The Time of Your Life, I’m hoping you experience one of those unforgettable nights at a bar. You’ll feel that alchemy of the right song on the jukebox, the drink in your hand, the people you wouldn’t meet anywhere else, and a story that takes you out of your every day. I believe theatre is about giving people the deepest possible experience of what it is to be human, and these plays elevate one of the most common things we do, get together for a drink, with writing that somehow captures our whole American problem. Cheers.
— Artistic Director Ryan Guzzo Purcell