Tenn Cent Fest opens this Thursday

This weekend, Georgetown will host the “Tenn Cent Fest,” a four-day artistic celebration of Tennessee Williams‘ life.  The festival will kick off on Thursday, March 26th, 100 years after Williams was born in Columbus, Mississippi. The festival’s opener will be a conversation with playwright Edward Albee in Gaston Hall at 5 p.m., followed a performance of the play “The Glass Menagerie” at 8 p.m..

Other events include readings and performances of Williams’ works and panels on his legacies featuring the likes of John Waters, playwright Christopher Durang and director Michael Kahn.

Derek Goldman, artistic director of the Davis Performing Arts Center, says, “[t]he opportunity to engage so deeply with the singular lyricism, tenderness, violence, excess, desire, laughter, and tragedy that characterize Williams’ work and life has inspired and transformed our students and our wider community. His work is still radical.”

Williams’ plays are notably part autobiographical. Their dramatic and unsettling portraits of Southern life is often paralleled with Williams’ own turbulent upbringing and adult life.

Through this four-day festival, students, professor and noted theater professionals will pay tribute to Williams and his enduring impact on American theater.

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