News Archive 2009-2018

Robinson’s Theatre Company Brings Rare Tennessee Williams Play Back to the Stage Archives

Theater professor Davis Robinson directing Beau Jest's original staging of Ten Blocks on the Camino Real.


Fresh from the success of The Glass Menagerie, and while still working on A Streetcar Named Desire in New Orleans, Tennessee Williams wrote a pivotal play in 1946 that few have ever seen: Ten Blocks on the Camino Real. A revised version opened on Broadway in 1953. It flopped…and the original, Ten Blocks version of Camino Real subsequently became an obscurity in the theatrical performance landscape.

Now, almost 60 years later, the award-winning Beau Jest Moving Theatre of Boston is bringing its faithful adaptation of the rarely seen Williams fantasy back to the stage, including a three-day run in Maine. The play is directed by Beau Jest founder and artistic director Davis Robinson, professor of theater at Bowdoin.