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Five by Tenn 

When: Wed., Jan. 18, Thu., Jan. 19, Fri., Jan. 20, Sat., Jan. 21, Sun., Jan. 22, Tue., Jan. 24, Wed., Jan. 25, Thu., Jan. 26, Fri., Jan. 27, Sat., Jan. 28 and Sun., Jan. 29 2012
Price: $15, $10/CofC students, faculty, and staff
www.sota.cofc.edu

Even if you haven’t seen the film, most of us are familiar with A Streetcar Named Desire, mainly because of Marlon Brando’s half-naked howl outside of Stella’s front door. But you did know that before it hit the silver screen, it was a play, right? And that the guy who wrote that play wrote a bunch of others as well? His name was Tennessee Williams, and he was a prolific Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist you should have heard of. But even if you read The Glass Menagerie in high school, you probably aren’t acquainted with some of the lesser-known productions that will be performed at the College of Charleston’s celebration of William’s centennial, Five by Tenn. Each one of the five one-act plays represents a stage of the writer’s career, from his beginnings as a poor New Orleans tragedian in Lady of Larkspur Lotion to his end-of-life, post-apocalyptic slant in Chalky White Substance. Performed by 16 members of CofC’s theater department, the show also includes the short works The Pretty Trap, Talk to Me Like the Rain, and the political farce The Municipal Abattoir.

— Margaret Allen
click to enlarge ORLAND FERNANDEZ
  • Orland Fernandez

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