Eugene O'Neill Theater Center
The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut is a 501 not-for-profit theater company founded in 1964 by George C. White; the O'Neill is the recipient of two Tony Awards, the 1979 Special Award and the 2010 Regional Theatre Award, the 2015 National Medal of Arts presented on September 22, 2016 by President Obama. The O'Neill is a multi-disciplinary institution that has had a transformative effect on American theater; the O'Neill pioneered play development and stage readings as a tool for new plays and musicals, is home to the National Theater Institute, an intensive study-away semester for undergraduates. Its major theater conferences include the National Playwrights Conference; the Monte Cristo Cottage, Eugene O'Neill's childhood home in New London, was purchased and restored by the O'Neill in the 1970s and is maintained as a museum. The theater's campus, overlooking Long Island Sound in Waterford Beach Park, has four major performance spaces: two indoor and two outdoor; the O'Neill is led by Executive Director Preston Whiteway.
Known as Walnut Grove and Hammond Estate, the estate was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 21, 2005, for its architectural significance, its associations with Revolutionary War Colonel William North and Edward Crowninshield Hammond, a wealthy industrialist. The National Playwrights Conference is one of the premiere play developmental programs in America. Since its founding in 1965, NPC has developed over 600 new plays for the stage, launching the careers of many notable writers, including August Wilson, Wendy Wasserstein, Adam Rapp, John Patrick Shanley, Lee Blessing, John Guare, Gina Gionfriddo, hundreds more; each year, the Conference accepts nearly 1000 scripts under an open-submissions policy. A team of over 125 readers made up of theater professionals, college department chairs, past participants help to read the scripts and select the most promising. Of the 8 plays developed in each of the past 5 years, at least 7 are from the open-submissions process, with one writer being invited to participate.
NPC offers writers a four-week residency at the O'Neill's campus, with strong dramaturgical and professional support. Professional actors, directors and technicians assist the writer in creating and shaping the play, culminating in two, script-in-hand readings for an audience. Sets, lights and other design elements are only suggested with simple props and cues, to allow the writer the time and space necessary, should they wish to adapt or rewrite the script. First and foremost, NPC is focused on the writer and adapts to serve his or her needs in the development of the play; the National Playwrights Conference has served as a model for several other developmental programs, including the Sundance Institute, Actors Theater of Louisville's Humana Festival. Lloyd Richards was the first Artistic Director of the National Playwrights Conference, appointed in 1969 by the O'Neill's founder, George C. White. Richards was one of the first African-Americans to lead a major theater program in the United States and ten years was named Dean of the Yale School of Drama.
He continued to hold both positions before retiring from Yale in 1991 and the O'Neill in 1999. The program was led by Jim Houghton, J Ranelli, Richard Kuranda. Wendy C. Goldberg is the current Artistic Director; the National Theater Institute is home to six credit-earning programs: the National Theater Institute, NTI Advanced Directing, NTI Advanced Playwriting, the Moscow Art Theatre Semester and the National Music Theater Institute. NTI offers many theater study abroad training programs for students; the National Theater Institute is the O'Neill Center's credit-bearing 14-week intensive theater program for college-age students. Accredited by Connecticut College, NTI offers a comprehensive training curriculum, with classes in acting, design, playwriting, singing, mask work, stage combat, tai chi, etc. Classes are held seven days a week from 9 am to 10 pm. International components include two-week seminars at London/Stratford-upon-Avon to train with Complicite or St. Petersburg, Russia to train at the St. Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy.
The NTI Advanced Directing Semester allows emerging and experienced directing students to concentrate on sharpening their craft. The main emphasis is on practical training through table-work, in-class exercises, intensive rehearsals; the Advanced Playwriting 14-week study away program is offered only at the O'Neill. This program is a unique opportunity to focus for an entire semester on the craft of writing and developing new plays. There is a focus on professional training and development to learn about the business of the business, producing one's own work, graduate schools, submitting to new play festivals. Students leave the program with a portfolio of plays they can submit to festivals and a network of professional contacts; the Moscow Art Theatre Semester is the only American undergraduate program where students can train for an entire semester at the Moscow Art Theatre School and work with members of one of the most accomplished theaters in the world. The National Theater I
Cynthia Ellen Nixon is an American actress and politician. For her portrayal of Miranda Hobbes in the HBO series Sex and the City, Nixon won the 2004 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, she reprised the role in the films Sex and the City and Sex and the City 2. Her other film credits include Amadeus, James White, playing Emily Dickinson in A Quiet Passion. Nixon made her Broadway debut in the 1980 revival of The Philadelphia Story, her other Broadway credits include The Real Thing, Indiscretions, The Women, Wit. She won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for Rabbit Hole, the 2008 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for An Inconvenient Truth, the 2017 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for The Little Foxes, her other television roles include playing political figures Eleanor Roosevelt in Warm Springs, Michele Davis in Too Big to Fail, playing Nancy Reagan in the 2016 television film Killing Reagan.
On March 19, 2018, Nixon announced her campaign for Governor of New York as a challenger to Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo. Her platform focused on income inequality, renewable energy, establishing universal health care, stopping mass incarceration in the United States, protecting undocumented children from deportation, she lost in the Democratic primary to Cuomo on September 13, 2018, with 34% of the vote to his 66%. Nixon was nominated as the gubernatorial candidate for the Working Families Party. Nixon has been an advocate for LGBT rights in the United States the right of same-sex marriage, she met her wife at a 2002 gay rights rally, announced her engagement at a rally for New York marriage equality in 2009. She received the Yale University Artist for Equality award in 2013 and a Visibility Award from the Human Rights Campaign in 2018. Nixon was born in Manhattan, the only child of Walter Elmer Nixon Jr. a radio journalist from Texas, Anne Elizabeth, an actress from Chicago. She is of English and German descent.
Her grandparents were Adolph Knoll, Etta Elizabeth Williams, Walter E. Nixon, Sr. and Grace Truman McCormack. Nixon's parents divorced when she was six years old. According to Nixon, her father was unemployed and her mother was the household's main breadwinner: Nixon's mother worked on the game show To Tell the Truth, coaching the "impostors" who claimed to be the person described by the host. Nixon made her first television appearance on the show at 9 as one of the "impostors", pretending to be a junior horse riding champion. Nixon was an actress all through her years at Hunter College Elementary School and Hunter College High School taking time away from school to perform in film and on stage. Nixon acted in order to pay her way through Barnard College, where she received a B. A. in English Literature. In the spring of 1986, she studied abroad with Semester at Sea. Nixon's first onscreen appearance was as an imposter on To Tell the Truth, where her mother worked, she began acting at 12 as the object of a wealthy schoolmate's crush in The Seven Wishes of a Rich Kid, a 1979 ABC Afterschool Special.
She made her feature debut co-starring with Kristy McNichol and Tatum O'Neal in Little Darlings. She made her Broadway debut as Dinah Lord in a 1980 revival of The Philadelphia Story. Alternating between film, TV, stage, she did projects like the 1982 ABC movie My Body, My Child, the features Prince of the City and I Am the Cheese, the 1982 Off-Broadway productions of John Guare's Lydie Breeze. In 1984, while a freshman at Barnard College, Nixon made theatrical history by appearing in two hit Broadway plays directed by Mike Nichols, they were The Real Thing, where she played the daughter of Jeremy Irons and Christine Baranski. The two theaters were just two blocks apart and Nixon's roles were both short, so she could run from one to the other. Onscreen, she played the role of Salieri's maid/spy, Lorl, in Amadeus. In 1985, she appeared alongside Jeff Daniels in Lanford Wilson's Lemon Sky at Second Stage Theatre, she landed her first major supporting role in a movie as an intelligent teenager who aids her boyfriend in building a nuclear bomb in Marshall Brickman's The Manhattan Project.
Nixon was part of the cast of the NBC miniseries The Murder of Mary Phagan starring Jack Lemmon and Kevin Spacey, portrayed the daughter of a presidential candidate in Tanner'88, Robert Altman's political satire for HBO. She reprised the role for the 2004 sequel, Tanner on Tanner. On stage, Nixon portrayed Juliet in a 1988 New York Shakespeare Festival production of Romeo and Juliet, acted in the workshop production of Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Heidi Chronicles, playing several characters after it came to Broadway in 1989, she was the guest star in the second episode of the long running NBC television series Law & Order. She played the role of an agoraphobic woman in a February 1993 episode of Murder, She Wrote, titled "Threshold of Fear". Nixon succeeded Marcia Gay Harden as Harper Pitt in Tony Kushner's Angels in America, received a Tony nomination for her performance in Indiscretions, her sixth Broadway show, although she lost the part to another actress took over the role of Lala Levy
Rachel Susan Dratch is an American actress and writer. Born and raised in Lexington, she graduated from Dartmouth College in 1988 and moved to Chicago, Illinois, to study improvisational theatre at The Second City and ImprovOlympic, her breakthrough came on the NBC television show Saturday Night Live, where she was a cast member from 1999 to 2006. In addition to her work on SNL, she has appeared as a guest star in television shows such as The King of Queens and 30 Rock, as well as films such as Click and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. In 2012, she published her autobiographical book Girl Walks Into a Bar: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters and a Midlife Miracle, she portrayed the museum guard in Sesame Street's The Cookie Thief. Dratch was born in Lexington, the daughter of Elaine Ruth, a transportation director, Paul Dratch, a radiologist. Both of Dratch’s parents were Reform Jews. Dratch had a Bat Mitzvah, she is non-observant as an adult, instead characterizes the faith she was born into as part of her cultural heritage.
Her younger brother, Daniel, is a television producer and writer, with credits including the TV series Anger Management. Dratch grew up the "class clown type", attending William Diamond Middle School and Lexington High School in Massachusetts, she has said that in her high school's plays she gravitated towards participating in comedies over dramas. Dratch attended the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in the fall of 1986, graduated from Dartmouth College in 1988, where she majored in drama and psychology and was a member of the improvisational comedy group "Said and Done". Dratch was a member of the mainstage cast of The Second City comedy troupe for four years, she received the Joseph Jefferson award for Best Actress in a Revue for the two revues in which she performed: Paradigm Lost and Promisekeepers, Losers Weepers. At The Second City, she performed alongside future SNL head writers Adam McKay and Tina Fey, as well as future 30 Rock performer Scott Adsit; the first incarnation of her SNL "Wicked" sketch was performed in The Second City's Paradigm Lost.
In addition to acting, Dratch played the cello onstage. The theater hosted the first incarnation of Dratch & Fey, performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York, where it was dubbed "the funniest thing to be found on any New York comedy stage" by Time Out New York. Dratch has appeared in several movies, including Martin & Orloff, The Hebrew Hammer, Down with Love, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, Click, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Spring Breakdown, My Life in Ruins, she has joined fellow SNL cast members on A. S. S. S. S. C. A. T.: Improv, which aired September 7, 2005, on the Bravo channel. Dratch made television appearances on NBC's Third Watch and in a recurring role on The King of Queens. Other television appearances include Monk, Wizards of Waverly Place, 30 Rock, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Inside Amy Schumer, Ugly Betty, more in season five of The Middle, she appeared online with comedian Billy Eichner in a spoof of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys's "Empire State of Mind", titled "Forest Hills State of Mind."Dratch was cast in the role of Jenna on 30 Rock, the original pilot episode features her in the role.
It did not test well, the role was recast. She went on to play a variety of small guest roles in several episodes of the first season, including Barbara Walters, Elizabeth Taylor, a cat trainer, a custodian, a blue monster, a doctor. On March 19, 2012, Dratch's memoir, Girl Walks Into A Bar: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, a Midlife Miracle was published. In it, Dratch recounts her experiences after being recast in the 30 Rock pilot, including the birth of her first child, her tenure at SNL spanned 1999 to 2006. Dratch's recurring characters included a Boston teen. In December 2011, she made a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live's Christmas show, hosted by former cast member Jimmy Fallon. On April 15, 2017, she made another guest appearance with host Jimmy Fallon. On February 3, 2018 she made a guest appearance as a "Patriot of New England" in a Revolutionary War-themed sketch parodying the fans of the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles in advance of Super Bowl LII. On September 29, 2018, she appeared as Senator Amy Klobuchar in the cold open sketch surrounding the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
As she discusses in her book, Girl Walks Into a Bar... Dratch met John Wahl, a Californian consultant in the natural foods industry, in a bar in 2009. Six months Dratch learned she was pregnant, on August 24, 2010, gave birth to a boy, Eli Benjamin. In an October 2010 interview, Dratch told People that her pregnancy at age 44 shocked her, because she "had bought into all this stuff about,'Once you're over 40...'" and had "gone through the whole process of letting go of " Wahl has since moved to New York City to be closer to Dratch and their son. Girl Walks into a Bar...: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, a Midlife Miracle, 2012 Rachel Dratch on IMDb
DreamWorks Animation LLC is an American animation studio, a subsidiary of Universal Pictures, a division of Comcast through its wholly owned subsidiary NBCUniversal. It is based in Glendale and produces animated feature films, television programs and online virtual games; the studio has released a total of 36 feature films, including ones from the Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, The Croods and The Boss Baby franchises. Formed under the banner of DreamWorks Pictures in 1994 by some of Amblin Entertainment's former animation branch Amblimation alumni, it was spun off into a separate public company in 2004. DreamWorks Animation maintains its Glendale campus, as well as satellite studios in India and China. On August 22, 2016, NBCUniversal acquired DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion, making it a division of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group as an acquisition for the animation studio. As of October 2017, its feature films have grossed $14.457 billion worldwide, with a $417.8 million average gross per film.
Shrek 2 is among the 50 highest-grossing films of all time, being the fiftieth, fourteen of the other films produced by the studio are among the 50 highest-grossing animated films. Although the studio made traditionally animated films in the past, as well as stop-motion co-production with Aardman Animations, all of their films now use computer animation; the studio has earned three Academy Awards, as well as 41 Emmy Awards and numerous Annie Awards, multiple Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. In recent years, the animation studio has acquired and created new divisions in an effort to diversify beyond the high-risk movie business. Films produced by DreamWorks Animation were distributed worldwide by DreamWorks Pictures from 1998 to 2005, Paramount Pictures from 2006 to 2012, 20th Century Fox from 2013 to 2017. Universal Pictures now distributes subsequent DreamWorks Animation films, which began on February 22, 2019 with the release of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, as well as now owning the rights to its back catalogue.
On October 12, 1994, a trio of entertainment players, film movie and producer Steven Spielberg, former Disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg, music executive David Geffen, founded DreamWorks SKG. To build the talent base, Spielberg brought over artists from his London-based studio, while Katzenberg recruited some of the top animation staff from Disney; some of Amblimation's artists came to DreamWorks in 1995, when the studio's last feature was completed, with the rest doing so following the studio's closure in 1997. In 1995, DreamWorks signed a co-production deal with Pacific Data Images to form subsidiary PDI, LLC; this new unit would produce computer-generated feature films, beginning with Antz in 1998. In the same year DreamWorks SKG produced The Prince of Egypt, which used both CGI technology and traditional animation techniques. In 1997, DreamWorks partnered with Aardman Animations, a British stop-motion animation studio, to co-produce and distribute Chicken Run, a stop-motion film in pre-production.
Two years they extended the deal for an additional four films. With Aardman doing stop-motion, they covered all three major styles, besides traditional and computer animation; this partnership had DreamWorks participating in the production of stop-motion films in Bristol, had Aardman participating in some of the CGI films made in the United States. Three years DreamWorks SKG created DreamWorks Animation, a new business division that would produce both types of animated feature films; the same year DW acquired majority interest in PDI, reformed it into PDI/DreamWorks, the Northern California branch of its new business division. In 2001, Shrek was released and went on to win the first Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. Due to the success of CGI animated films, DWA decided the same year to exit hand-drawn animation business after the next two of total four hand-drawn films. Beginning with Shrek 2, all released films, other than some co-produced with Aardman, were expected to be produced with CGI.
The releases of Shrek 2 and Shark Tale made DWA the first studio to produce two CGI animated features in a single year. The animation division was spun off into a publicly traded company named DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. on October 27, 2004, traded via the New York Stock Exchange. Katzenberg headed the new division, while Spielberg and Geffen remained on board as investors and consultants. DWA inherited interests in PDI/DreamWorks, they made an agreement with their former parent to distribute all of their films until they deliver twelve new films, or December 12, 2010, whichever came last. On January 31, 2006, DWA entered into a distribution agreement with Paramount Pictures, which acquired DWA's former parent and distribution partner, DreamWorks SKG; the agreement granted Paramount the worldwide rights to distribute all animated films, including released films, until the delivery of 13 new animated feature films or December 31, 2012, whichever came last. DWA's partnership with Aardman ended after the release of Flushed Away in November 2006, having delivered three out of five films.
The announcement was made before the film's release, on October 3, citing "creative differences". DWA retained the co-ownership of rights to all films co-produced with Aardman, with an exception being Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, for which they only kept the worldwide distribution rights. On March 13, 2007, DreamWorks Animation announced it would release all of its films, b
Ellen Tyne Daly is an American actress. She has won six Emmy Awards for her television work and a Tony Award, is a 2011 American Theatre Hall of Fame inductee. Daly began her career on stage in summer stock in New York, made her Broadway debut in the play That Summer – That Fall in 1967, she is best known for her television role as Detective Mary Beth Lacey in Cagney & Lacey, for which she is a four-time Emmy Award winner as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. In 1989, she starred in the Broadway revival of Gypsy and won the 1990 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, her other TV roles include Alice Henderson in Christy, for which she won an Emmy in 1996 and Maxine Gray in Judging Amy, which won her a sixth Emmy in 2003. Her other Broadway credits include The Seagull, her Tony-nominated role in Rabbit Hole and her Tony-nominated role in Mothers and Sons, she played Maria Callas, in the play Master Class. She plays Anne Marie Hoag in Marvel Studios' Spider-Man: Homecoming. Daly was born in Wisconsin, to actor James Daly and actress Mary Hope.
Her younger brother is actor Tim Daly, she has two sisters, Mary Glynn and Pegeen Michael. She was raised in Westchester County, New York, where she started her career by performing in summer stock with her family, she studied at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Daly appeared in the CBS police-procedural crime drama Cagney & Lacey as Mary Beth Lacey, the married working mother, she won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series four times, in 1983, 1984, 1985, 1988, was a nominee in 1986 and 1987. Between co-star Sharon Gless and herself, they won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series six years in a row. In 1991, Daly guest-starred on her brother Tim's series Wings, playing a woman who dates Brian Hackett, brother of Tim's character Joe, she appeared as social worker Maxine Gray, the mother to the show's title character on the CBS drama Judging Amy, which ran from 1999 to 2005. Addressing a conference of the National Association of Social Workers in 2000, Daly said she had learned from social workers and social work texts to improve her portrayal of her character, she added: "I take from you because you are the ones dealing with all the bad institutions of our society: institutionalized poverty, institutionalized racism, institutionalized cynicism."Daly appeared in a made-for-TV movie for Lifetime in 2003 titled Undercover Christmas, as Anne Cunningham.
She played the role of a traditional mother and peacemaker at Christmas time in a wealthy family of lawyers, who disapproves of her FBI agent son's girlfriend. Among her television roles, Daly reunited with Cagney & Lacey costar Sharon Gless in a 2010 guest role on the series Burn Notice. In the fall of 2018, Daly joined the cast of the revival of the Murphy Brown series, playing the character of Phyllis, who runs the bar which Murphy and her coworkers patronize. Daly's first Broadway role was in 1967 in That Summer, That Fall. In 1988, Daly appeared on the Dolly Parton TV variety show Dolly, sang a duet with Parton. Broadway producer Barry Brown saw the show and, impressed by Daly's performance, decided to mount a revival of the musical Gypsy with Daly in the lead role of Rose. Cagney & Lacey had finished airing, Daly agreed, tried out for the part. In April 1989, the Daly-helmed Gypsy revival began a 14-city U. S. tour. This production was the second revival of the show to play Broadway, she won the 1990 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in Gypsy.
Daly left Gypsy in July 1990, with Linda Lavin playing Rose, returned in April 1991 through closing in July 1991. She appeared in the Broadway revival of the Anton Chekhov play The Seagull in 1992 as Madame Arkadina, she appeared as Sally Adams in the City Center Encores! Staged concert of Call Me Madam in February 1995. In regional theatre, she played Lola in Come Back, Little Sheba at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, Los Angeles, in April 1997, she appeared on Broadway in the 2006 play, Rabbit Hole, portraying the mother of the play's protagonist, played by Cynthia Nixon. In January 2008, she played the role of Mother in the world premiere production of Edward Albee's Me, Myself & I at the McCarter Theatre, New Jersey. In 2009, she appeared in the original cast of Love and What I Wore, she debuted the role of Judy Steinberg in It Shoulda Been You, at the George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, New Jersey, which ran from October 4 to November 6, 2011. The musical ran on Broadway in 2015, she starred as Maria Callas in Master Class at the Manhattan Theater Club on Broadway, from June 14, 2011 to September 4, 2011.
Daly reprised her role as Maria Callas in the West End production of Master Class, which opened at the Vaudeville Theatre on February 7, 2012 in a limited engagement to April 28, 2012. Daly performed a cabaret act, Second Time Around, in January 2010 at Feinstein's at Loews Regency, New York City, she had performed at Feinstein's in May 2009. Daly appeared in John and Mary, the biker movie Angel Unchained, the movie adaptation of Play It As It Lays, The Adulteress, she was cast as Inspector Harry Callahan's first female partner, Kate Moore, in the 1976 Dirty Harry film The Enforcer. The film was critically panned. Daly's performance divided critics, with some calling it too "ma
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival is an annual five-day literary festival in the city of New Orleans. The festival is dedicated to American playwright Tennessee Williams, who lived and worked in the city, won the Pulitzer Prize; each year, it features several events related to the long career of that writer, as well as writing workshops, panel discussions, literary readings, stage performances, a book fair, writing contests, other events related to American literature, drama, film, art, history and cooking. The signature event is the Stanley Shouting Contest that closes the festival; the festival in New Orleans is not related to the Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival in Clarksdale, held annually in October in the childhood hometown of Tennessee Williams. Other festivals around the country commemorate this writer. Tennessee Williams was not native to New Orleans, but he lived in New Orleans's French Quarter at several points in his adult life. Two of his major plays, A Streetcar Named Desire and Vieux Carré, several short stories were set in the historic French Quarter.
Shortly after Williams's death in 1983, the city of New Orleans happened to undergo an economic recession. Among the proposals to attract tourists to the city and French Quarter, revitalize the local economy, was to establish a literary festival dedicated to Williams; the first Tennessee Williams Festival was a two-day event held in 1986, drawing an estimated 500 attendees. However, the event grew. In March 2006, the festival was the first major event to be held in New Orleans following the disaster of the 2005 Hurricane Katrina. On higher ground, the French Quarter was not among the areas that were flooded during the disaster. Principal sponsors of the Festival include the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the Historic New Orleans Collection, the University of New Orleans, Tulane University, the Le Petit Theatre; the five-day Festival is held on the weekend nearest the birthday of Tennessee Williams. This is the fourth week of March. Festival events are held at several sites around the French Quarter.
Half of these events are either speakers or discussion panels, featuring experts from literature, film, the arts, history and other topics. In addition to these panels, there are master classes for aspiring writers, including advice from published writers, literary agents, editors in the publishing industry; the Festival hosts musical performances by local musicians. Past speakers have included prominent authors and playwrights such as Edward Albee, Robert Olen Butler, Richard Ford, Michael Cunningham, Phillip Caputo, Rick Bragg, Yusef Komunyakaa. Other speakers have included writers Anne Rice, Cokie Roberts, Michael Cunningham, John Waters, Nora Roberts, Stephen E. Ambrose, Douglas Brinkley, James Carville, Andrei Codrescu, Sue Grafton, Margaret Atwood, Larry Brown, Margaret Walker, Fannie Flagg, Allen Gilchrist, Kaye Gibbons, Dorothy Allison, Barry Gifford, Rex Reed, Peggy Scott Labrode, Errol Laborde, as well as actors Patricia Clarkson, Stephanie Zimbalist, Alec Baldwin, John Goodman, Tab Hunter, Dixie Carter, Gerald McRaney, Elizabeth Ashley, Anne Jackson, Eli Wallach, Kim Hunter.
Tennessee Williams's brother, Dakin Williams, was a frequent guest at the Festival until his death in 2008. Another major feature of the Festival is its theatrical productions, including productions of full-length plays and one-act plays by Tennessee Williams, as well as works by other writers. In 1992, the Festival began hosting a one-act play contest; the winning plays are premiered at the Festival, have become one of the Festival's most anticipated events. The Festival sponsors poetry and short fiction contests; the Festival highlights other contemporary Southern artists, such as the New Orleans novelist John Kennedy Toole and other writers from New Orleans. Tennessee Williams remains the focus of the Festival; the Festival has published unpublished writings and produced premiere performances of newly discovered works. A scholars conference is held every year, an academic journal, The Tennessee Williams Annual Review, is associated with this conference. Since the first festival in 1986, events have included a guided walking tour to 722 Toulouse St. and other French Quarter residences where Williams once lived.
Since 1996, the Festival has ended with the popular Stella and Stanley Shouting Contest, a tribute to the third scene from A Streetcar Named Desire. The contest is open to the public and held on the last day of the Festival Sunday afternoon, in Jackson Square. Actors playing the role of Stella and Stanley provoke the contestants from a gallery from one of the Pontalba Buildlings. After the first round of tryouts, a second round takes place, where finalists compete for prizes and trophies. Official website The Tennessee Williams Annual Review academic conference and journal Historic New Orleans Collection festival site
Rabbit Hole is a play written by David Lindsay-Abaire. It was the recipient of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; the play premiered on Broadway in 2006, it has been produced by regional theatres in cities such as Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. The play had its Spanish language premiere in San Juan, Puerto Rico in Autumn of 2010; the play deals with the ways family members survive a major loss, includes comedy as well as tragedy. Cynthia Nixon won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her performance as Becca in the New York production, the play was nominated for several other Tony awards. Becca—Howie's wife in her late thirties, she is a responsible and sensible person, but makes some rash decisions throughout the play because of grief. Howie accuses her of subconsciously trying to "erase" Danny by selling the house, packing up his artwork, getting rid of their dog erasing the most recent home video of Danny. Izzy—Becca's irresponsible but well-wishing sister.
She in a relationship with Auggie. She is pregnant throughout the duration of the play. Tension is created as Becca's mourning for her lost child lingers, she is suspicious of Izzy's ability to raise her own. Howie—Becca's husband in his late thirties, he is caring, but has a hard time dealing with Danny's death, which causes him to be angry and depressed, though he hides it as much as possible. He obsessively watches home movies of Danny and thinks that the best way to move on is to try for another child, he attends group grief counseling meetings. It is implied, he does not want to meet with Jason. Nat—Izzy and Becca's mother, she is the voice of reason for her daughters. She helps Howie and Becca in the moving process, provides motherly experience to Becca, her son, a heroin addict, hanged himself at the age of 30. Becca, does not want to hear this, as she feels that the deaths are not comparable, she realizes that her mother has gone through this as well, accepts the comfort. Jason Willette—17-year-old boy who accidentally hit Danny with his car, leading to Danny's death.
He lives with his mom. He enjoys science fiction and writes a story about wormholes to other dimensions in Danny's memory, which he publishes in the school's literary magazine, he sends this story to Howie. He shows up at the open house, wanting to talk to Howie and Becca. Howie chases him away, but he meets with Becca, he blames himself for Danny's death. Danny—Killed at age 4. Son of Becca and Howie. Heard on a video Howie watches at night, he is on a beach in the video. Taz—Dog whom Danny followed into the street, he is heard barking on multiple occasions. Becca doesn't want him. Rick and Debbie—friends of Becca and Howie who have a daughter, Danny's age. Debbie avoids Becca after the accident. Reema—Izzy's friend, a waitress at Calderone's, she sees Howie there with a woman, revealed to be a woman from his grief counseling. Auggie—Izzy's boyfriend and baby's father, he had a girlfriend. Rabbit Hole premiered on Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre in a Manhattan Theatre Club production on January 12, 2006 in previews on February 2, 2006 and closed on April 9, 2006 after 77 performances.
Directed by Daniel Sullivan, the cast featured Cynthia Nixon, John Slattery, Tyne Daly, John Gallagher, Jr. and Mary Catherine Garrison. While John Gallagher, Jr. was in this show, he was in rehearsals for Spring Awakening. The play was commissioned by South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa and first presented at its Pacific Playwrights Festival reading series in 2005; the play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for 2007. The play received five 2006 Tony Award nominations: for Best Play, Best Direction of a Play, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play and Best Scenic Design of a Play. Cynthia Nixon won the 2006 Tony Award, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play; the Spanish version Los universos paralelos premiered at the Teatro Palacio Valdés de Avilés on 17 March 2017. The production moved to the Teatro Español in Madrid from 20 de September to 15 de October 2017, it starred Malena Alterio, Daniel Grao, Carmen Balagué, Belén Cuesta and Itzan Escamilla and was directed by David Serrano.
In 2018 the company toured around Spain visiting cities such as Vigo, Gijón, Roquetas de Mar, San Sebastián, Ponferrada, León, Aranda de Duero among several others. The movie adaptation, directed by John Cameron Mitchell, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2010, received a limited theatrical release in December 2010. Nicole Kidman stars as Becca Corbett, the character played by Nixon, she is credited as producer of the film. Aaron Eckhart plays Howie Corbett. Other cast members include Tammy Blanchard, Giancarlo Esposito and Sandra Oh. AwardsPulitzer Prize for Drama Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play – Cynthia NixonNominationsTony Award for Best Play Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play - Cynthia Nixon Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play – Tyne Daly Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play – Daniel Sullivan Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Play – John Lee Beatty Rabbit Hole at the Internet Broadway Database New York Times review, February 3, 2006 New York Times review, September 12, 2008