Tennessee Williams and Poet Hart Crane Meet in Fringe Festival's Bent to the Flame

News   Tennessee Williams and Poet Hart Crane Meet in Fringe Festival's Bent to the Flame The New York International Fringe Festival will present Bent to the Flame - A Night With Tennessee Williams Aug. 12–26.

The solo show, written and performed by Doug Tompos (Broadway acting credits include City of Angels as well as the Off-Broadway hits Forever Plaid and Jeffrey), depicts the relationship between playwright Tennessee Williams and noted American poet Hart Crane, author of "White Buildings" and "The Bridge." While the two never met, Williams was greatly influenced by the poet's work. Bent to the Flame, according to press notes, "explores the nature of creativity and the deeply personal relationship between these two great American artists. Set in 1945, the play depicts Williams following the opening of his first successful Broadway play, The Glass Menagerie. Suffering from a debilitating writer's block, he struggles to regain his inspiration through a reading of Crane's poetry and, ultimately, find the courage to continue work on what would become A Streetcar Named Desire, one of his most demanding plays. Through it all is Williams' unique wit, sensitivity, and deep convictions about art, truth, endurance, and man's struggle to keep a capacity for tenderness alive."

Michael Michetti will direct the production, scheduled to play the SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street, New York. For tickets and more information visit www.FringeNYC.org or call (888) FringeNYC.