A host of events are planned to commemorate the March 2011 centennial of the late Streetcar Named Desire playwright's birth. The celebratory readings, panels and productions will launch in Washington, D.C. in January 2011, and culminate during the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival in September. All proceeds from the events will benefit the Provincetown Festival's centennial programming.
The first evening will be "America’s Playwright at 100: A Salute to Tennessee Williams" Jan. 31, 2011, at the Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC. The 7 PM reading, which will feature Wallach (The Rose Tattoo), will include audio recordings of Williams himself, as well as readings of his works.
A host of luminaries, including Caldwell, Kushner, Seldes, Dukakis, Wallach and Guare, will gather in New York Feb. 7, 2011, at the 92nd Street Y. The 8 PM evening promises readings of Williams' letters and published writings.
Beginning March 24, 2011, will be a tour of Hotel Williams, a collection of the playwright's hotel-set short plays, which will be performed in actual hotel rooms across the country. The tour will make stops in cities that figured into Williams' life, including New Orleans, LA; Columbus, MS; Sewanee, TN; and Provincetown, MA.
Finally, the Williams Festival in Provincetown (Sept. 22-26, 2011) will offer Something Cloudy, Something Clear (the memory play based on Williams' 1940 summer in Provincetown); his romantic work The Parade; the dance piece Now the Cats with Jeweled Claws; and Roxanne Power Hamilton’s Neo-Benshi "Streetcar" incorporating images from the film.
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