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Three-day symposium takes in-depth
look at Tennessee Williams
Mitchell, Arts Editor
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The University
of Illinois theater department is hosting a three-day symposium, "Tennessee
Williams: the Apprentice Plays," Nov. 2-4 in conjunction with the 21st
century premiere of a Williams' early play, "Stairs to the Roof."
The symposium in the Krannert
Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, will include
presentations and panel discussions by Williams scholars from throughout
the United States.
Among them will be Allean
Hale, a UI adjunct theater professor and editor of the recently published
New Directions edition of "Stairs to the Roof." Produced once, in 1947,
at the Pasadena Playhouse, "Stairs to the Roof" is one of four unknown
early plays by Williams that Hale has edited as part of a New Directions
According to Hale, these
"apprentice plays," written before Williams' breakthrough play "The
Glass Menagerie," reveal themes, characters and techniques that were
eventually repeated in the playwright's more mature works. "Stairs to
the Roof" is being restaged by the UI theater department, and will be
presented Nov. 2-4 and 8-12 in Krannert Center's Studio Theater.
In addition to Hale, other
symposium speakers will include the play's director, UI theater professor
Tom Mitchell; UI theater professor Peter Davis and UI English professor
Julia Walker; Nancy M. Tischler, professor emerita of English and humanities,
Pennsylvania State University; independent dramaturg, scholar and theater
director Dan Isaac; and Albert Devlin, professor of English, University
of Missouri at Columbia.
The symposium is free and
open to the public; advance registration is not required.
For more information, contact
Keri Lenz in the UI theater department, (217) 244-6052; email@example.com.
For performance tickets, call the Krannert Center ticket office, 333-6280.