Jeremy Lawrence has won international acclaim for his one-man Tennessee Williams shows and has become regarded as the foremost interpreter of the man himself. The pieces which he has been developing and performing for more than ten years are entirely in the playwright/poet’s words and focus on different aspects of Tennessee’s life and work. Drawn from published and unpublished journals, letters, interviews, essays, the poems and plays, the shows have been performed variously at all the major Williams Festivals: New Orleans, Provincetown, Clarksdale and Columbus, Mississippi, as well as New York University, Hunter College, the University of the South, Washington University, State University of New Mexico and at venues in Los Angeles (L.A. Times Critics Choice) and New York City and at the Tennessee Williams in Europe: A Centenerary Celebration in Nancy, France.
He has appeared at the Manhattan Theatre Club in FIVE BY TENN as “the writer” directed by Michael Kahn with Kathleen Chalfant, Penny Fuller, and David Rasche. His performance in Williams’ late one acts THE TRAVELLING COMPANION and THE CHALKY WHITE SUBSTANCE won him a nomination as best actor at the Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival. He was in the North American premiere of the playwright’s I NEVER GET DRESSED TILL AFTER DARK ON SUNDAYS and the New York premiere of Williams’ adaptation of Chekhov’s THE SEAGULL, THE NOTEBOOK OF TRIGORIN.
His work with Williams has led to performances with Tony Award winning actresses Marian Seldes, Frances Sternhagen and two time Tony nominee Lois Smith. He was invited to be a part of the 92nd St Y’s all star tribute on the occasion of Williams centenary joining Alec Baldwin, Jessica Lange, Olympia Dukakis, and Zoe Kazan among others. He also participated in the induction of Williams into the Poet’s Corner of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and the Williams centenary celebration at the 92nd Street “Y”.