9:00-9:15 OPENING REMARKS, Director Robert Bray, Middle Tennessee State University, Emeritus
9:15-10:30 WILLIAMS IN THE ACADEMY: A survey of current research by burgeoning Williams scholars demonstrates that the great playwright’s work still resonates with a new generation of his followers.
- Daniel Ciba, Tufts University
- Alison Walls, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
- Kyungjin Jo, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
- Bess Rowen, Purchase College, State University of New York (moderator)
10:45-12:00 WILLIAMS, RACE, AND ETHNICITY: Join us as scholars explore the ways in which Williams portrays African-Americans and various ethnic groups in his drama and fiction.
- Trimiko Melancon, Loyola University New Orleans
- Jack Barbera, University of Mississippi, Emeritus
- Tom Mitchell, University of Illinois
- Colby Kullman, University of Mississippi, Emeritus (moderator)
1:30-2:45 A STREETCAR RUNNING 70 YEARS: PRODUCTION AND PERFORMANCE: Panelists discuss memorable productions of Williams’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, from the 1947 Broadway premiere to the current staging at Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré.
- Max Williams, Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré
- John Bak, Université de Lorraine
- Henry Schvey, Washington University
- Stuart Noel, Georgia State University (moderator)
3:15-4:30 INTERIOR: PANIC–We move to Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré for a reading of Williams’s early one-act blueprint for A Streetcar Named Desire. Performed by the University of Illinois Theatre Department under the direction of Tom Mitchell. Introduction to the play by Robert Bray.
FRI 3/23 9:00 AM
Individual tickets to this event are available for $20
Williams Research Center