The Williams Project

Striving to make theatrical excellence accessible to diverse and engaged audiences


while paying our artists a living wage

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The writing of Tennessee Williams shapes our vision of theatrical excellence, so we strive like him to create theatre that is:

  • Entertaining enough to make everyone feel welcome and a part of the community;

  • Ambitious enough to risk humiliating failure;

  • Powerful enough to move people to love each other more, even in the face of the temporary nature of theatre and life.

We strive to make theatre consistent with the belief that professional artists are vital to our culture, and that such artists deserve to be compensated in a way that recognizes their value. Great theatre artists are working class heroes who sacrifice greatly to make important work, and we pay all of our artists a living wage in order to support that work.



Photo Credit: Marcia Davis

Photo Credit: Marcia Davis

Small Craft Warnings

A doctor, a beautician, a sex worker, a scriptwriter, a stud, 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' raucous and searching meditation on the lengths to which we will go to find human connection.

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Photo Credit: Marcia Davis

Photo Credit: Marcia Davis

The Time of Your Life

How should you spend the time you’re given? A cast of eight will bring to life 27 indelible characters as they stumble in and out of Nick's Waterfront Saloon, a spot trying to hold onto its soul in a city transformed by economics and anxiety, and grapple with this unanswerable question. Full of music, humor, poetry, and politics, The Time of Your Life calls on us to enjoy our city and each other while we have the chance.. 

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“Reality—the fact that life is tragic. Life is tragic simply because the earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time. Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, which is the only fact we have. It seems to me that one ought to rejoice in the fact of death—ought to decide, indeed, to earn one’s death by confronting with passion the conundrum of life.

— James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

“Hell is yourself and the only redemption is when a person puts himself aside to feel deeply for another person.”

— Tennessee Williams