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The Day on Which a Man Dies (2016)


Tennessee Williams’ late 1950s text about an artist coming to the end of his images. South Africa’s 2016 National Arts Festival presents Marcel Meyer as The Man, Jennifer Steyn as The Woman, directed by David Kaplan in the Abrahamse-Meyer Production … Continue reading

Asphodel notes

The flower called asphodel is waxy and pale. The leaves are gray. It was named by the ancient Greeks, and grew, so the Iliad has it,  in the meadow of the underworld where dead souls linger.  Asphodel is also the … Continue reading

Asphodel (with Notes from River Country)


June 6, Oscar-winner Olympia Dukakis, and Obie-winner Brenda Currin appear at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi in a staged reading of Welty’s short story “Asphodel” in which three gossips, amidst the ruined Greek columns of a plantation, enjoy a funeral picnic. Original music … Continue reading

The Hotel Plays


Tennessee Williams set many of his plays in hotel rooms and boarding-houses: way stations between life and death, dream and reality. As part of the 29th annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival March 25th  through 29th the rooms of the historic … Continue reading

June Recital


The words of Eudora Welty, the music of Beethoven MAY 14th. A once in a lifetime performance with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. The sections of “June Recital” set to Beethoven, Performed by Brenda Currin (story-teller) and Phillip Fortenberry (pianist) in the Art … Continue reading

The Day on Which a Man Dies 6 FAQs

1) What is the provenance of the text? In the UCLA library there is a folder, deposited in 1970, with unnumbered pages, marked in Tennessee Williams’ handwriting “The Day on Which a Man Dies, an Occidental Noh play dedicated to Yukio … Continue reading

Tennessee Williams: Words and Music


A compact disc recording of Alison Fraser’s sizzling performance. [From the liner notes:] In a play written by Tennessee Williams, music is the sound of paradise drifting in from around the corner, across the alley, from the room next door, the … Continue reading

Tenn at One Hundred


Tenn at One Hundred, edited by David Kaplan, is a comprehensive look at the reputation of America’s greatest playwright Tennessee Williams. Published on the occasion of Tennessee Williams’ centennial, Tenn at One Hundredcontains eighteen essays by authors including John Lahr, William … Continue reading

The Maids


1995 Audiences laughed at the maids’ attempts to murder their mistress. In the photograph above the maids wait for their over-friendly mistress to drink a poisoned cup of tea. “It’s such a pleasure making people happy,” Madame croons.  The cruel … Continue reading

A Fire Was in My Head


Eudora Welty’s story “Music from Spain” set to music inspired by Andres Segovia. Performed by actress Brenda Currin and pianist Philip Fortenberry, A Fire Was in My Head invites short haunting compositions by Mompou and Bach, the well-known Leyenda by Albeniz, and Enrique Granados’ … Continue reading