News: Acclaimed Solo Bioplay "Tennessee Rising" Returns January 19 - February 2

After critically acclaimed engagements Off-Broadway (you can read our review of the show's winters/spring 2023 run at AMT here.) and at the 2023 Edinburgh Fringe, Jacob Storms’s Tennessee Rising: The Dawn of Tennessee Williams will return to New York for a limited engagement. This solo play written and performed by Jacob Storms and originally directed for the stage by Alan Cumming will run January 19 - February 2 at The Laurie Beechman Theatre.

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 metamorphosizes into the acclaimed playwright known as Tennessee. The solo play brings these unknown years center stage as the audience becomes friend and confidant to young Williams as he experiences the unexpected highs and devastating lows of his early career, wherein his most iconic character emerges: himself.

Jacob Storms is best known for his recurring role (Serge) on Steven Soderbergh and Gregory Jacobs's Amazon Original Series Red Oaks. Storms 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. For more, see @therealjacobstorms on Instagram and

Tennessee Rising: The Dawn of Tennessee Williams runs January 19 – February 2, Fridays at 7pm at The Laurie Beechman Theater (inside West Bank Café) at 407 West 42nd Street at Ninth Avenue. Tickets are $24 and are available at Please note that there is also a $25 per person food/ drink minimum at all performances.


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