Two rarely performed One-Act plays: Green Eyes (1971) and The Traveling Companion (1981) explore desire through the lens of Williams later catalogue. These short plays explore sexual relationships that are informed by violence or the threat of violence, sexual power, and the struggle for love amid the cruelty of the world — similar themes to the plays Williams wrote in the 1940’s, 50’s and early 60’s. Produced by The Tennessee Williams Key West Museum with support from The Community Foundation of the Keys and Florida Keys Council on the Arts. The Helmerich Theater at The Studios of Key West. Featuring Alaina Albertson, Michael Catlege and Jeff Johnson.
February 19, 2018
I will be a guest speaker at the 2018 lecture series for The Friends of the Key West Library talking about the adaptation of A Thousand Splendid Suns, the Opera in a talk called “The Journey from Novel to Libretto.” Check out the other speakers in this series. I feel honored to be included: https://www.friendsofthekeywestlibrary.org/2018-lecture-series/
January 5-7, 2018
Eric H. Weinberger’s comedy, Here’s Your Hat, What’s Your Hurry? gets its World Premiere at the Helmerich Theater at The Studios of Key West. I am directing with a cast that includes Kitty Clements, Jake Ferguson, Morgan Fraga, and Joseph Mitchell.
May 11, 2017
Reading / Performances January, 2018
First read-through of Here’s Your Hat, What’s Your Hurry by Eric H. Weinberger atThe Studios of Key West. World Premiere of the play January, 2018 at The Helmerich Theater. From left to right top row: Stephen Kitsakos, Kitty Clements, Morgan Fraga, Cynthia Kemeny, Joe Mitchell. Bottom row: Jake Ferguson, Eric H. Weinberger. With support from the Anne McKee Artist’s Fund.
February 1, 2017 : One-night only performance of The Rainbow Connection with Jason Jacoby on loan from New York’s Avenue Q
Meets Avenue Q : Muppets, Q Puppets and Music served alongside Hors d’oevures with Broadway’s Avenue Q star Jason Jacoby in a cabaret performance written and performed by Jason and Stephen. At the stunning tropical home of Jack Paul & Maxine Makover in Key West! Weds. February 1st from 5:30-7:30PM. https://tskw.org/artsandeats/January, 2017
John Pielmeier’s intense play about science vs. religion, Agnes of God for The Fringe Theater of Key West, January 13 – 22nd at The Helmerich Theater, The Studios of Key West, FL. Starring Kitty Clements as Mother Miriam, Paula Cabot as Dr. MarthaLivingstone and Morgan Fraga as Sister Agnes. NYC designer Ariel J. Benjamin came down to Key West and did a stunning job lighting the show which sold out to all audiences. http://fringetheater.org
I’ll be leading a play reading and discussion class at The Studios of Key West in November at The Studios of Key West https://tskw.org/37861-2/
Guest Director for The Tennessee Williams Project at The Nettles Collective as part of the NAC Salon Series of Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer performed at The Punto Space in Midtown West, NYC. Got to reconnect with Connie Rotunda as Mrs. Venable, Alaina Albertson as Catharine Holly and Alex Adrian Johnson as George Holly.
April, 2016 – Rosi Ware and I were featured in A.R. Gurney’s poignant and funny play Love Letters to benefit Hugh’s View at The Studios. The View will offer spectacular vista of Key West from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean and will be open tothe public 7-days a week with performances, exhibits, refreshment and entertainment. We were directly by the brilliant Murphy Davis (who had earlier staged the play with Cliff Robertson & Elaine Stritch). Sold out
December, 2015 – After a long(ish) break from working in theatre,
I directed a short play by Alice Gerstenberg, an early 20th century playwright, feminist and leader in The Little Theatre Movement, called The Unseen as part of an evening of short plays by Gerstenberg called Alice’s Parlor 2. These were plays written to be performed in “parlors” and the production company, The Fringe Theater of Key West, produces “immersion theater” with site-specific venues. Alice’s Parlor 2 runs from Dec. 2nd through Dec. 12th in the living room and dining room of a pre-Civil War era historic house here in Key West http://fringetheater.org
December, 2015 – Additional workshops/performances of Act One of A Thousand Splendid Suns. Company of 17 coming to Key West on January 10th to workshop all of Act One of the opera at The Studios of Key West. Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with The Studios of Key West and American Opera Projects https://tskw.org/1000-splendid-suns-2/
This will be followed by an orchestral reading for the 45-piece NOVUS NY Orchestra of excerpts at Opera America’s New Opera Showcase on Monday, January 18th in New York City http://www.operaamerica.org/Content/OperaCenter/Onstage/Index.aspx
April, 2015 – A Thousand Splendid Suns, the Opera Workshop has been cast http://www.sheilasilver.com/workshop-presentation-for-a-thousand-splendid-suns/ Two performances on June 1st at the National Opera Center.
March, 2015 – The book has been released and is now available at Amazon, B&N.com and selected Indie Bookstores. Check out the Books Page for a listing of events that are upcoming.
February, 2015 – Inaugural book launch will be March 18th. Here’s the link to the event: https://tskw.org/the-accidental-pilgrim-a-reading-with-stephen-kitsakos/
Another preview blurb:
January, 2015 – Advance praise for The Accidental Pilgrim.December, 2014 – Audio excerpts for A Thousand Splendid Suns have been recorded (piano/vocal) with mezzo-soprano Cynthia Cook and soprano Vira Slywotsky. http://www.operaprojects.org/suns. They are available to listen either in MP3 or AIF format at the American Opera Projects website or just stay here at my site.
The Studios of Key West will host a Book Release/Reading & Signing Event for The Accidental Pilgrim on Weds. March 18th art 5:00pm at their main building on Eaton Street. More info coming. ______________________________________________
October 2014 – ASD Media & Entertainment will release my novel The Accidental Pilgrim through their publishing division in Spring, 2015. Cover book jacket and promotional materials are being designed now. http://www.asdpublishing.com
September 2014 – The first workshop of A Thousand Splendid Suns will be held at the National Opera Center at 330 7th Avenue, New York, NY on Monday, June 1, 2015. There will be two performances, app. 45 minutes, of excerpts from Act One, Scene One, Scene Two, Scene Three and Scene Five. Featuring 8 singers and small orchestra. The workshop is directed by Leslie Swackhamer and conducted by Sara Jobin. Performances are at 5:00pm and 8:00pm followed by short talkback. Info on how to get invited will be available after April 1st. http://operaamerica.org