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“Make voyages! — Attempt them! — there’s nothing else …”

Tennessee Williams (Thomas Lanier Williams) was born on this day in Columbus, Mississippi in 1911. Will you do a total stranger the kindness of reading his verse? Thank you! Thomas Lanier Williams – Tennessee Williams, letter to editor Harriet Monroe, … Continue reading

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On This Day: March 24, 1955

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opened on this day, in 1955, in New York. Brooks Atkinson, one of Williams’s staunchest critic supporters, wrote: “[The play seemed] not to have been written. It is the quintessence of life.” The performances … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Henrik Ibsen

James Joyce and Ibsen James Joyce, as a young man, was an enormous fan of Henrik Ibsen, who was doing something very radical and very new with his plays. Here’s an excerpt from Richard Ellmann’s biography in regards to Joyce … Continue reading

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Snapshots

– Busy busy. Busy writing, busy getting over a killer flu which laid me flat for five straight days. Dammit. I have spent the time sleeping, writing, binge-watching Supernatural (I’m only on season 3, don’t spoil it), and reading Victor … Continue reading

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The Books: The Fun of It: Stories from The Talk of the Town, edited by Lillian Ross; ‘Playwright’, by Lillian Ross

Next up on the essays shelf: The Fun of It: Stories from The Talk of the Town, edited by Lillian Ross The Fun of It is a collection of “The Talk of the Town” pieces in The New Yorker, grouped … Continue reading

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The Books: The Fun of It: Stories from The Talk of the Town, edited by Lillian Ross; ‘Caricaturist’, by Geoffrey Hellman

Next up on the essays shelf: The Fun of It: Stories from The Talk of the Town, edited by Lillian Ross The Fun of It is a collection of “The Talk of the Town” pieces in The New Yorker, grouped … Continue reading

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In Honor of the Bard: Walter Huston’s Extraordinary 1937 Essay on Playing Othello

Walter Huston as Othello, 1937 It’s Shakespeare’s birthday today. And so: Walter Huston played Othello in New York in 1937. It was not, to put it mildly, a success. The following essay, written by Huston, appeared in Stage Magazine in … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Seán O’Casey

Irish playwright Seán O’Casey was born on this day, in 1880. He was the first major Irish playwright to deal with slum life and the reality of the Dublin poor. He grew up working-class in a family of thirteen children. … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Henrik Ibsen

Some posts from my archive: Stella Adler on playing Ibsen: “You have to learn the size of Ibsen. The size of the conflict. The size of the land and how it stuck out into the sea. The size of the … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Seán O’Casey

Irish playwright Seán O’Casey was born on this day, in 1880. He was the first major Irish playwright to deal with slum life and the reality of the Dublin poor. There is a wonderful anecdote about O’Casey from his colleague … Continue reading

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