On Saturday, Nov. 23, Hollywood's Fountain Theatre will bring it's six-month-long celebration of playwright Tennessee Williams to a close. Lyle Leverich, Williams' biographer, will host a 2 PM symposium followed by a book signing reception, before the curtain rises on the final performance of Fountain box office hit Orpheus Descending.
Biographer Leverich spent much time working with Williams, to create his two book story, which begins with the acclaimed portrayal Tom: The Unknown Tennessee Williams. Tom covers Williams' life up until the 1945 creation of The Glass Menagerie. Leverich is currently working on the second book, which begins with the success of that play, and ends with Williams' death in 1983.
The symposium has been designed for Leverich to offer insight into the great American playwright by revealing personal anecdotes of his close working relationship with him. The session will provide room for question and answers.
The Fountain Theatre's four-time-extended production of Orpheus Descending received four Ovation Award nominations, and has been on the LA Times' "Best Bet" list, as well as a "Critics Choice" for four other LA papers. The play, about poetic guitar player Val, who stirs things up by arriving in a small Southern town, is directed by Fountain producing director, Simon Levy.
Fountains' "Williamsfest" began on June 25 with "Three By Tennessee," a production including three one-acts by the playwright. For tickets or more information about the schedule at the Fountain Theatre, please refer to the Regional Theatre Listings .
--By Blair Glaser.