TENNESSEE WILLIAMS SCHOLARS CONFERENCE – SESSION 5: Staged Reading of Entrances to Heaven

A Staged Reading of Entrances to Heaven

Theater director, actor, and educator Nisi Sturgis and her University of Illinois theater company present a six-person staged reading of Entrances to Heaven, a version of an early, never-produced Williams play born of the playwright’s fascination with the 20th-century troubadour poet Vachel Lindsay. Written less than a decade after Lindsay’s tragic suicide, the play features a young couple whose knife-throwing act is suffering. On a train they meet the ghost of Lindsay, traveling back to his childhood home in Illinois. Lindsay declaims his verse and recounts the difficulties of his later years, inviting audiences to connect him with the wandering poet Val Xavier from Orpheus Descending and other Williams characters forever struggling in a world without a place for them.

Tennessee Williams scholar and professor emeritus Tom Mitchell introduces the piece and offers insights about its history and evolution. 

03/22/2024 4:30pm-5:15pm , Williams Research Center, $10 or Scholars Conference Pass, VIP Pass, or LITPass

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