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<i>Blanche and Beyond</i> Starring Richard Thomas

Blanche and Beyond Starring Richard Thomas

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - Friday, September 26, 2008

Prelude 2008: Arts Across America Theater

Adapted by Steve Lawson from the personal letters of Tennessee Williams, this one-man show starring Richard Thomas delves into the life of one of America's great playwrights.

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"FASCINATING! A literate and entertaining piece of theater! Richard Thomas has the charm Tennessee Williams possessed in abundance."

Starring Richard Thomas
Adapted by Steve Lawson
from the letters of Tennessee Williams

Adapted from the correspondences of Tennessee Williams between 1945 and 1957, Blanche and Beyond is the "sequel" to A Distant Country Called Youth, staged during the Kennedy Center's Tennessee Williams Explored festival in 2004. Emmy winner Richard Thomas (Twelve Angry Men, The Waltons) reprises his role in this acclaimed one-man performance. While the first play traced the evolution of a young man finding his artistic voice, this production spans the peak of Williams's career--from the Broadway triumphs of The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire through Summer and Smoke, Camino Real, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. In letters both hilarious and poignant--to the likes of Elia Kazan, Jessica Tandy, Gore Vidal, his critics, lovers, and family--Blanche and Beyond explores a brilliant playwright facing the seismic shock of international fame. Part of Prelude 2008: Arts Across America.
Language and content intended for mature audiences, high-school age and above.  

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