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Tennessee Williams

A Double Dose of Deep South Drama in New York City: "2 By Tennessee Williams" at St. Luke's Theatre

Jed Ryan | Posted 07.20.2016 | Entertainment
Jed Ryan

Many of Tennessee Williams' plays have cemented their status into American literary and pop culture. Since they were first written, they've been performed on stages both large and small with some degree of regularly through the decades. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Glass Menagerie, and A Streetcar Named Desire come to mind. Williams, however, has over 40 lesser-known one-act plays to his credit, dating back to the 1930's.

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 8: Macon, Georgia, The Road Leads Back To You

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 07.03.2016 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

On the Future of Wagnerism, Part 8: Macon, Georgia, The Road Leads Back to You Steve Mass, the Mudd Club, Wagner and Me by Lawrence D. Mass "O Wag...

5 Questions for Writer Adrienne Kennedy

Tanya Selvaratnam | Posted 06.07.2016 | Arts
Tanya Selvaratnam

The writers Adrienne Kennedy and Tanya Selvaratnam met when Kennedy was a visiting lecturer at Harvard University, where Selvaratnam was a student, an...

Orpheus Descending: Going Down with Tennessee Williams

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.08.2016 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Women don't have it so good in Tennessee Williams' plays, and Orpheus Descending is one of his darkest. In the production at St. John's Lutheran Churc...

Tennessee Rising: Orpheus Descending at St. John's Lutheran Church

Bess Rowen | Posted 04.25.2016 | Arts
Bess Rowen

The tale of Orpheus, the mythical musical prodigy who went into the underworld to rescue his wife Eurydice, has inspired several plays, but in my mind Tennessee Williams's version is the most interesting.

En Avant: The Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans Presents Weird Tales

Bess Rowen | Posted 04.06.2016 | Arts
Bess Rowen

Andrew King as "The Boy" in Tennessee Williams: Weird Tales. Photo credit: Ride Hamilton. If you had told me five years ago that I would be sitting i...

First Nighter: Ivo van Hove Skews Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"

David Finkle | Posted 04.01.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

It's only a few months since Ivo van Hove brought his startlingly strong production of Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge from London to Broadway.

Steve Martin Plays Banjo for Bright Star's Opening Night

Regina Weinreich | Posted 03.25.2016 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Working with Steve Martin, a not so wild and crazy guy in his current incarnation as Americana icon, the two have composed country songs for a band that plays from inside an A-frame house.

Fighting Chicken Nuggets of Key West

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 02.23.2016 | Green
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Brought to the island as fighting cocks but then set free from the brutal blood sport to roam as protected citizens of Key West, the roosters have become a cultural treasure, symbolic of co-existence and a liberated mindset.

Tennessee Williams on Valentine's Day: Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company Brings 'Tennessee Williams 1982' to the NYC Stage

Jed Ryan | Posted 02.18.2016 | New York
Jed Ryan

A pair of little-known Tennessee Williams one-act plays, written the year before the playwright's death in 1983, received their premieres this past weekend at New York City's Walkerspace.

On the Road Again - Gilligan's Compelling Journey in 2015

Susan Sacirbey | Posted 02.12.2016 | Travel
Susan Sacirbey

This story is dedicated to Gilligan, (July 4, 2001 - December 29, 2015) our beloved family member, travel companion, and friend who taught us how cats...

Tennessee Williams in 2016: An Interview with Cosmin Chivu About Tennessee Williams 1982

Bess Rowen | Posted 02.11.2016 | Arts
Bess Rowen

If you mention the name "Tennessee Williams" around most people with even a passing familiarity with theatre, they probably will conjure images of a shirtless Marlon Brando, fading southern belles, and/or small glass unicorns. But that's only the tip of the Williams iceberg.

Free Florida Fun

Christina Oxenberg | Posted 02.08.2016 | Entertainment
Christina Oxenberg

For five centuries many have contributed to creating this perfect tiny city of Key West. Lush with green dripping trees dangling with flowers amongst ...

12 Times That Oscar Got Best Actress Wrong

Xaque Gruber | Posted 01.15.2016 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Let's face it, in its 88 years, there are instances where actors were awarded Oscars not because they were truly the category's strongest, but because they were the most popular, the most sentimental, played the studio politics game with the most savvy, etc. All wrong reasons.

11 Literary Biopics We Need Right Now

Off The Shelf | Posted 10.22.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

Since the beginnings of film, literature has played a significant role in developing the medium. Adaptations are everywhere, but here are some literary tales that we hope inspire more stories on the silver screen.

First Nighter: Topher Payne's "Perfect Arrangement" Less Than Perfect

David Finkle | Posted 10.15.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Topher Payne sets Perfect Arrangement, directed by Michael Barakiva at the Duke, in 1950 Washington, D. C. when Commie baiting and routing out supposed deviants of any stripe were becoming federal government obsessions.

Theatre Schmeater's Suddenly Last Summer Is An Intimate Thought Provoking Look at a Tennessee Williams' Classic

L. Steven Sieden | Posted 09.25.2015 | Entertainment
L. Steven Sieden

Seattle's Theatre Schmeater recently opened Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer in its small theater. The venue itself creates a show that is both intimate and personal to the audience, none of whom are more than five rows from the actors.

Woman Up, Mississippi Leaders!

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 08.23.2015 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

It's not about "political correctness" (in the context of current Mississippi politics, supporting the inclusion of the Rebel standard on the state flag is the politically "correct" thing to do). It's about moral correctness; it's about historical correctness; it's about common decency.

The Art of the First Draft

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.20.2016 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A few years ago, a film historian unearthed what he claimed was the only existing copy of the first version of John Cassavetes' film, Shadows. He ultimately was told to cease and desist because he had no right to the film.

Scottish Ballet's Erotic Streetcar Named Desire Raises Temperatures in Chicago

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.10.2016 | Arts
Carla Escoda

They almost had to hose down the audience at intermission of Scottish Ballet's A Streetcar Named Desire at the Harris Theater in Chicago on Thursday night. Erik Cavallari's Stanley had just had make-up sex with Sophie Martin's Stella, and choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's imaginative way with the erotic pas de deux had everyone hot and bothered.

All Over Including the Shouting: Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Fest Wraps

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 06.01.2015 | Books
Karen Dalton-Beninato

From panels of people who moved to New Orleans to write about it post-Katrina, to panels on Tennessee Williams moving to New Orleans to write about it post-Midwestern childhood, there was something for everyone.

Usher in Spring in New Orleans With Tennessee Williams Literary Festival

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.09.2015 | Books
Karen Dalton-Beninato

Broadway veteran Joel Vig will play Truman Capote in his one-man show, Truman Talks Tennessee. Capote often said he was born at the Hotel Monteleone where the literary festival takes place, so there's your full circle.

The Sailor Who Fell From Grace: the 90th Anniversary of Yukio Mishima

Mark Adnum | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark Adnum

Yukio Mishima's suicide in November 1970, with its grim invocation of samurai machismo, is probably the most famous moment of his legend. It overshadows everything else, including Mishima's three nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Elia Kazan

Savas Abadsidis | Posted 02.02.2015 | Books
Savas Abadsidis

Elia Kazan directed virtually back-to-back the greatest American dramas of the twentieth century--by Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams--and helped shape their future productions.

Problems in Bed, Booze, and Beyond

George Heymont | Posted 01.02.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

It's hard to believe that five years have passed since Lady Gaga recorded "Bad Romance." But with the fifth anniversary of the release date of Gaga's album, The Fame Monster, on October 26, 2014 it's interesting to note the song's impact on popular culture.