Southern Lifestyles Examined in NY Play Fest

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Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab is hosting "Southern Comfort," a two-day festival of short plays inspired by Southern culture and Southern writers July 27 and 28 at The Salon in New York.

Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab is hosting "Southern Comfort," a two-day festival of short plays inspired by Southern culture and Southern writers July 27 and 28 at The Salon in New York.

A collaboration between The Culture Project and members of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, the festival offers "an exploration into the attitudes, problems, aspirations, and history of the South. It highlights the lifestyles of the Old South and the challenges of the present South as perceived by others and experienced by Southerners."

Aside from Tennessee Williams, who will be represented with one-acts, no authors have yet been announced, though the theatre says several original adaptations of Southern literature have been commissioned for the event.

Performances begin at 3 PM; Southern food will be served. An admission price is not being specified, but audiences are asked to donate some amount. The Salon is at 432 East 91st Street (between First and York Avenues).

"Southern Comfort" is the second event to be presented by the LCT Directors Lab at The Salon. In March, 1996, "A Festival of Chekhov shorts" featured 25 Chekhov one-acts and original adaptations. Future events include "Women, History and the Avant Garde" in August, "A Strindberg Festival" in October and "The Twentieth Century" in November. For reservations, call 212-426-5800. For more information, call 212-426-0777.

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