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by Gregory Bernard on February 9, 2023

in Theater-New York


The newly renovated AMT Theater in midtown will host the Off-Broadway Premiere of TENNESSEE RISING: THE DAWN OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, a solo play written and performed by Jacob Storms. Directed by Alan Cumming, previews begin February 19. Opening is set for Sunday, March 5, 2023.

What led Tennessee Williams to become the most groundbreaking and unique playwright of the twentieth century? TENNESSEE RISING: THE DAWN OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS explores the formative six-year period from 1939-1945 in which an unknown writer named Tom metamorphosed into the acclaimed playwright known as Tennessee. These unknown years are brought center stage as the audience becomes friend and confidant to the young Williams as he experiences the unexpected highs and devastating lows of his early career, wherein his most iconic character emerges: himself.

Alan Cumming & Jacob Storms

photos by Ride Hamilton

AMT Theater, 354 West 45th St. (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
Sundays at 5pm, Feb 19 – March 5, 2023 | 75 minutes
for tickets ($35 – $45), visit Spin Cycle

“Not only is Tennessee Rising engaging but it is also historical and deeply revealing. Audiences will literally hang onto every word.” –David Vernon, The Theatre Times

A delight from start to finish.” – David Kennerley, Gay City News

Tennessee Rising is as inspirational as it is informative.” – Robert Massimi, Times Square Chronicles 

Jacob Storms is best known for his recurring role (Serge) on Steven Soderbergh & Gregory Jacobs’ Amazon Original Series, Red Oaks. Jacob won the United Solo Award for his original solo play, Tennessee Rising: The Dawn of Tennessee Williams, at United Solo Fest. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Guggenheim Museum, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York Live Arts Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Symphony Space, The St. Louis, New Orleans, and Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festivals, The Hollywood Bowl, Disney Concert Hall, PICA’s Time-Based Art Festival, the cell theatre and more. Jacob is also the youngest actor in the world to have performed Doug Wright’s Pulitzer Prize winning, forty-character solo play, I Am My Own Wife. Follow Jacob on instagram @therealjacobstorms and

Alan Cumming has been described by Time Magazine as one of the most fun people in show business, by the New York Times as a ‘bawdy, countercultural sprite’ and by the Guardian as ‘European, weird, and sexually ambiguous’. He has won over forty awards for his humanitarianism and social activism, received both the Great Scot and Icon of Scotland awards from his homeland and was made an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) for his contributions to the arts and LBGT equality by the Queen, whose portrait was taken down when his was unveiled at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2014! Alan Cumming is many things to many people – renaissance man, style icon, social activist, bon viveur – but to himself he is a storyteller and provocateur for hire. He lives in New York City with his husband, illustrator Grant Shaffer, and their dogs, Jerry and Lala.

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