THE FICTIONAL TENNESSEE: WILLIAMS PORTRAYED IN CREATIVE FICTION AND DRAMA

2:30 – 3:45 PM—Literary Discussion

THE FICTIONAL TENNESSEE: WILLIAMS PORTRAYED IN CREATIVE FICTION AND DRAMA

Once a writer becomes a cultural fixture, he or she is portrayed in popular culture, including creative fiction. Perhaps the first instance for Williams was Donald Windham’s roman à clef, The Hero Continues (1960) and most famously as the thinly veiled playwright in Truman Capote’s scandalous unfinished novel, Answered Prayers (1986). This year, Christopher Castellani’s novel Leading Men, offers a fictionalized account of the relationship between Williams and Frank Merlo in the 1950s. Last year, Gentlemen Callers, Philip Dawkins’ play about young playwrights William Inge and Tennessee Williams, premiered in Chicago and New York. In August DC Comics published The Snagglepuss Chronicles, Mark Russell’s reimagining of the pink cartoon mountain lion as a heroic gay 1950s playwright based primarily on Tennessee Williams.  Moderated by Thomas Keith, this panel including Castellani, Augustin J Correro, and David Kaplan will discuss these various interpretations, how much they resemble their prototype, and the rewards and pitfalls of taking on such a well-known personage.

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  SAT 3/30/19 2:30 pm