Funded! This project was successfully funded on May 21, 2012.

Update #14

Ten Blocks in Provincetown

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Hi Everyone! Just wanted to let you know that Beau Jest will be performing Ten Blocks On The Camino Real at the Provincetown Tennessee WIlliams Festival this September 20-23. If your in the area, come on down to the outer Cape, its a great festival. And this year, they have added a new program initiative: see below.

Thanks again for all your support in getting the show launched!

Davis Robinson, Artistic Director--Beau Jest

Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival
Announces New Educational Initiatives
Expanding appreciation of Tennessee Williams
Through the TW Institute and Williams 101


(Provincetown, MA Aug 17, 2012) It is almost 30 years since America’s great playwright Tennessee Williams died. After great critical and popular acclaim, many awards for productions on Broadway, famous films based on Williams plays such as A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and countless productions of his work, Williams’ work in his later years were largely dismissed as the work of a drug-impaired artist who had nothing to teach us.

During the last decade there has been a dramatic reassessment of Williams by scholars, critics and artists with new attitudes toward art, women, and sexual identity. In celebration of his centennial last year, groundbreaking productions of Williams’ plays around the world, including the later work, accelerated the momentum of a new appreciation of this great playwright.

Since its inception in 2006, the Tennessee Williams Theater Festival has been in the forefront of this movement to reassess Williams’ stature. The Festival has presented nine world premieres of plays by Tennessee Williams.

Now in its seventh year, the Festival is expanding its efforts to enrich the experience of Williams’ work onstage through two initiatives: the TW Institute and Williams 101.

TW Institute and Williams 101 are designed for two different audiences. Both will mix seminars, scholars. festival artists, film clips, and live performances by international production companies at this year’s Festival in Provincetown September 20 – 23, 2012.

TW Institute – For Theater Students


Jef Hall-Flavin, executive director of the TW Festival explains, “The Festival presents performances that include Williams’ classics, his experimental work, and work that he has inspired in contemporary artists from around the world. Combined with scholarly seminars, we present an in-depth approach to understanding the artist, his creative process and his role in the culture.”

Geared toward PhD candidates and students pursuing Masters degrees, the program offers an immersion experience in Williams over four days and five nights during the Festival. Students will be attending performances of his classics and lesser-known work and holding conversations with festival artists who are Williams’ virtuosos along with lectures by prominent Williams’ scholars.

Professor Mark Charney, the new Chair of the Theatre and Dance Department at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, is bringing eight students to this program.

Gabrielle Glaze, a student in the PhD program at Texas Tech, says, ”The focus on Williams’ works after 1962 just makes this a particularly awesome festival to attend. This will provide me with the tools to be able to present to my classes a full picture of the man, the writer, the playwright, and promote interest in his works to the upcoming generation.”

Participating scholars are:

David Kaplan, Curator of the TW Festival, editor of Tenn at One Hundred and author of Tennessee Williams in Provincetown.

Thomas Keith, Editor of numerous volumes of Williams’ plays for New Directions Publishing and adjunct professor of Theater at Pace University.

Davis Robinson, Professor of Theater, Bowdoin College and founder and artistic director of Beau Jest Moving Theatre, who has staged two Williams’ world premieres at the TW Festival.

Annette Saddik, Professor of Theater and English, CUNY, expert in 20th Century drama, specializing in Williams’ late plays and reputation, and editor of The Traveling Companion and Other Plays by Tennessee Williams (2008).

For more information and enrollment in TW Institute, go to Education@twptown.org.

Williams 101: Everything You Wanted to Know – For the Audience


“In 60 minutes, we'll bring you up to speed on what Williams wrote and why, from smash hits on Broadway to outrages for the stage that were way ahead of their time. We'll tell you everything you ever wanted to know — but were afraid to ask — about his life and legacy.” – from the Festival website

In the mornings during the week of the Festival, audiences will gain a greater understanding and appreciation of Williams through an entertaining presentation from the curatorial staff that includes film clips, music, and special guests, along with an unexpurgated/uncensored/free-wheeling Q and A.

Jef Hall-Flavin added, “By offering new productions and new challenges for audiences and artists, we believe what we are doing at the Festival is making theater history.”

Williams 101 takes place each day during the festival, Sept 20 – 23, 2012.
For tickets to Williams 101 and to this year’s Festival, Tennessee Williams and Music, go to www.twptown.org.


Update #13

review

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Just wanted to send out a nice review from our Boston run as we wrap up our last two shows in Maine. Its been a great experience, thanks for making it all possible!

http://artsfuse.org/60895/fuse-theater-review-another-visit-to-ten-blocks-on-the-camino-real/


Update #12

Success!

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Dear Backers,

Thanks to each and every one of you for helping us reach our goal! Some time this morning we passed $5,000, which means we will now be able to receive funding for this project. The actors thank you, the designers thank you, and all of our collaborators and producing partners thank you.

 Our campaign will stay on line until this Monday morning at 9:38am, so if you know people who want to contribute, by all means encourage them to do so before the deadline. It will be a big help as we tour this show. Bringing 9 actors, 3 musicians, a stage manager and director anywhere is automatically a very expensive proposition, but we believe in this show, and we want other people to have the chance to see it.

 Again, thanks, and congratulations to you all for helping to make this fantasy a reality. Right after the shows in Maine we'll be in touch about rewards people requested and where they want them sent. Avante!

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Update #11

So close...

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We have less than $100 to raise! Thank you all so much. We are so close that, as Willie Wonka says, "The suspense is terrible--I hope it will last."

Here's a photo of our wonderful musicians, who have found a way to match the cadences of the language with the actors who speak it. If you make it to one of the shows in Boston or Portland, one thing you may notice is how inseparable the two are. It is one of the most satisfying parts of this whole process.

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Update #10

100th Donor!

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We just had our 100th Backer on Kickstarter tonight! - Mr. Bernie Kramer. I feel like the duck is supposed to fly down at this point and give you a pair of free Groucho Glasses. Thank you Bernie, and thanks to every one of you who pledged over the past three weeks to support this production. We have five days left and only $324 to go. Getting exciting...Here's another fine Stan Rowin photo from rehearsal

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