Carter to Play Zelda Fitzgerald in Reading of Williams' Ghosts from a Summer Hotel

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Emmy nominee Dixie Carter will star in a reading of Tennessee Wiliams' Ghosts from a Summer Hotel as part of the fourth annual Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival.
Dixie Carter
Dixie Carter

The one-night-only presentation will take place Sept. 25 at 8 PM in the Paramount Room at the Crown and Anchor in Provincetown, MA. Festival curator David Kaplan will direct the reading featuring Carter as Zelda Fitzgerald and Jeff Zinn as late author F. Scott Fitzgerald.

"It was never my good fortune to meet Tennessee Williams; however, I treasure a small photograph once given to me, and that likeness travels with me wherever I go," Carter said in a statement. "Zelda Fitzgerald in Ghosts From A Summer Hotel will be only my second chance at a Williams role, the other having been Blanche du Bois, in a thrilling 1993 Memphis production, blessed by Ellis Rabb and directed by George Touliatos. I am deeply grateful for this invitation, and ecstatic to be a part of the Tennessee Williams Theater Festival."

An adaptation of Williams' final Broadway play Clothes from a Summer Hotel, Ghosts "reflects poetically on the lives of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald," according to press notes. "The action is set in the North Carolina hospital where Zelda would die in a fire. In her hallucinations, the hospital becomes the Riviera hotel where she had an affair with a French aviator."

The original Broadway production featured a musical score by Michael Valenti, who will also perform his score live as part of the Provincetown presentation.

Carter is well known for her work as Julia Sugarbaker on television's "Designing Women." Her Broadway credits include a critically acclaimed portrayal of Maria Callas in Master Class as well as Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Carter has starred regionally in productions of Arsenic and Old Lace, A Streetcar Named Desire and Be My Baby, in which she co-starred with her husband, Hal Holbrook. Running Sept. 24-27, the Williams festival also includes the world premiere of Williams' short play The Enemy: Time from Minneapolis' Gremlin Theatre; The Remarkable Rooming-House of Madame LeMonde from Boston's Beau Jest Moving Theater; the New Zealand Fortune Theatre production of A Streetcar Named Desire; a Norwegian staging of August Strindberg's Miss Julie, performed in Norwegian and English; Chicago's National Pastime Theatre production of The Day on Which a Man Dies; and an interactive collection of nine short Williams works, entitled The Hotel Plays.

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