Trio will direct three plays at the Kennedy Center

WASHINGTON — The Kennedy Center has signed Zoe Caldwell, Garry Hynes and Gregory Mosher to direct three classics by Tennessee Williams as part of next season’s theater sked at the center.

The festival, dubbed “Tennessee Williams Explored,” opens April 27, 2004, at the Eisenhower Theater with Hynes’ staging of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” The Irish director won a Tony for “The Beauty Queen of Leenane.”

‘Cat’ plays in June

It will be followed by “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” to be directed by Caldwell (June 1-20), who won her first Tony back in 1966 for her supporting perf in Williams’ “Slapstick Tragedy.”

Mosher’s mounting of “The Glass Menagerie” runs July 6-25. He directed the most recent Broadway revival of “Streetcar,” starring Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin.

The festival will include five one-act plays by Williams, three of them world premieres, to be produced and directed by Shakespeare Theater artistic director Michael Kahn. They are “I Can’t Imagine Tomorrow” and the world premieres of “Adam and Eve on a Ferry,” “And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens …,” “Escape” and one additional play to be chosen.

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