Commemorating playwright Williams' 99th birthday, LAB will present the all-day/all-night marathon event March 26-28 at The Cherry Lane Theater's Cherry Pit. Admission is free.
As an announcement explains, "In service to the community, LAByrinth Theater Company will endeavor to do as many readings of Tennessee Williams' work as possible – back to back, from start to finish – on the occasion of his 99th birthday; including plays, screenplays, adaptations, essays, personal letters and interviews." Audience participation will be strongly encouraged: "Show up at any time during the event and sign up to read, or just find a seat and listen to doctors, cab drivers and busboys read alongside LAB Company Members, LAB friends, theater luminaries, students and celebrities."
Participants already scheduled to take part include Leslie Bibb, Ellen Burstyn, Bobby Cannavale, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jesse L. Martin, Ana Ortiz, Sam Rockwell, John Patrick Shanley, Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Yul Vázquez (subject to continuing availability). A complete roster of participating celebrity guests and LAB Company Members will be announced shortly.
Among other events to take place include Sunday Brunch Event (where theatre legends recount their experiences working with Williams), a "STELLA!" scream-off competition (on the shore of the Hudson River), raffles, contests, souvenirs and giveaways.
LAB co-artistic director Stephen Adly Guirgis explained the impetus for the celebration: "Speaking strictly for myself, if it hadn't been for Tennessee Williams, I’d probably still be a bike messenger.” He added, "Next year he would have been 100, so why not get the party started early?" For additional information, call event producers Ed Vassallo, Justin Reinsilber and Mel Nieves at (212) 513-1080. LAB is located on the web at labtheater.org.