SOLD OUT. Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh
Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
This event is SOLD OUT.
Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh
John Lahr, one of the nation’s leading drama critics, has captured readers for
more than two decades with his New Yorker reviews and profiles. In Tennessee
Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, Lahr gives intimate access to the mind of a writer whose plays reshaped the American theatre and the nation’s sense of
At the outset of his career, Tennessee Williams vowed to write plays that
were “a picture of my own heart.” The Glass Menagerie (1944), A Streetcar
Named Desire (1947), and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955) form his emotional
autobiography, snapshots of a childhood struggle with diphtheria, a father’s
violent temper, and an overbearing mother. Lahr’s subtle dissection of
Williams’s writing dramatizes the playwright’s “bulldog battle” to claim his freedom, his sanity, and his talent.
Drawing on interviews with Williams’s lovers (including Pancho Rodriguez, the model of Stanley Kowalski), and his brother, Dakin Williams, and the playwright’s voluminous correspondence, diaries, and unpublished poems and plays, Lahr redraws the map of the man and his work. Marlon Brando, Bette Davis, Maureen Stapleton, Diana Barrymore, Tallulah Bankhead, and Eli Wallach play small but scintillating parts in the backstage drama.
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