Tennessee Williams Festival features one-man show, lectures, and plays, April 22-May 4

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The Tennessee Williams Festival 2009 presents events in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Tennessee Williams Center. All events are free and the public is welcome.

Everyone Expects Me to Write Another Streetcar

  • Wednesday, April 22, 7:30 p.m.
  • Proctor Hill Theatre at the Tennessee Williams Center

Everyone Expects Me to Write Another Streetcar is a solo show based on the writings of Tennessee Williams, developed and performed by Jeremy Lawrence. Lawrence has performed his moving, funny, and haunting impersonation of Williams off-Broadway and at the Kennedy Center.  Actor and a playwright Jeremy Lawrence has appeared on stage in New York, Los Angeles, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and on major regional stages. His mad capers on television began with delivering Richie’s baby on Happy Days and continued through appearances on E.R., Night Court, and The Drew Carey Show.

"The Tragicomic Vision of Tennessee Williams' Later Plays," a lecture by Annette Saddik

  • Thursday, April 23, 4:30 p.m.
  • Torian Room, duPont Library

"The Tragicomic Vision of Tennessee Williams' Later Plays," a lecture by Professor Annette Saddik (CUNY), author of The Politics of Reputation: The Critical Reception of Tennessee Williams’ Later Plays (1999), and editor of The Traveling Companion and Other Plays of Tennessee Williams (2008). The lecture is sponsored by the University Lectures Committee.

"Publishing Tennessee," a talk by Thomas Keith

  • Friday, April 24, 4 p.m.
  • Torian Room, duPont Library

"Publishing Tennessee," a talk by Thomas Keith, consulting editor for New Directions Publishing. Keith is responsible for the Williams shelf at New Directions. He recently edited Williams’ A House Not Meant to Stand (2008). He has contributed to The Tennessee Williams Encyclopedia, the Tennessee Williams Annual Review, and Undiscovered Country: The Later Plays of Tennessee Williams, and has been involved in the preparation of nearly every Tennessee Williams play published since 1991. The talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

The Traveling Companion and The Chalky White Substance

  • Friday* & Saturday, April 24 & 25, 7:30 p.m.
  • Proctor Hill Theatre at the Tennessee Williams Center

The Traveling Companion and The Chalky White Substance, two of Tennessee Williams’ late plays, in a production from the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival, directed by Festival artistic director David Kaplan and starring Jeremy Lawrence and Zachary Clause.

*Note: The Friday performance will be followed by a reception and panel discussion on Tennessee Williams with David Kaplan, Thomas Keith, & Annette Saddik.

Reading of "Visiting Day," a new play by Andy Bragen

  • Monday, May 4, 7:30 p.m.
  • Proctor Hill Theatre at the Tennessee Williams Center

Reading of Visiting Day, the new play by Andy Bragen, Tennessee Williams Playwright in Residence. A staged reading, directed by Susanna Gelbert, and performed by Trey Lyford and Polly Noonan. Sponsored by the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

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