The Tennessee Williams Centennial Festival

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 25, 2011 9:18 AM |

Georgetown University, in partnership with Arena Stage, offers a festival with famous guests in tribute to the legendary gay playwright, whose father called him "Miss Nancy" and mother referred to him as her "Writin' Son." All this weekend, the school's Theater and Performance Studies program presents staged readings and performances of Williams' plays, including a concert reading of the musical biography Tom to Tenn, starring Tim Tourbin and Rick Foucheux, and a staged reading of Camino Real starring Kathleen Chalfant, Theodore Bikel, Rick Foucheux, Donn B. Murphy, Elisabeth Lewis Corley and more. Other highlights include: John Waters performing his own This Filthy World and sitting for a discussion about Williams' influence on his work; Split Britches' Belle Reprieve, a gender-bending parody of A Streetcar Named Desire; Christopher Durang offering Durang and Desire; an on-stage conversation with Edward Albee; and a free one-time performance of And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens, a tale about a New Orleans drag queen directed by Shakespeare Theatre's Michael Kahn, a celebrated Williams interpreter. Through Sunday, March 27. Most events take place at the Davis Performing Arts Center on Georgetown University's main campus. A Centennial Pass, which includes tickets to five featured events plus priority access to other events and 20-percent off general admission, costs $80. Call 202-687-ARTS or visit

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