Tennessee Williams Program 33rd Annual - Page 18

Friday MARCH 29 Century (Pantheon), critic Nate Chinen builds on that idea, taking us through the key artists, concepts and developments that have shaped the music in our time. This special conversation between Chinen and David Kunian, music curator at the New Orleans Jazz Museum, will illuminate those ideas via a tale of two trumpeters: Wynton Marsalis, who looms large in the book’s early chapters, and Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, who makes a substantial impression later on. Choice musical selections will serve to highlight the topic at hand. Sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz Museum. New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint, $10 or VIP Pass 2 - 4 PM—Walking Tour TENNESSEE WILLIAMS LITERARY WALKING TOUR CREATED BY DR. KENNETH HOLDITCH For full description, see page 10 2 - 3 PM—Special Event LAST STOP: DESIRE Nicole Colbert’s evocative dance/theatre adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire returns to the Festival. Last Stop: Desire, choreographed and directed by Colbert, brings together dance, theatre, music, and Williams’ text to extend the play’s consideration of class, gender, family, and the individual’s relationship with the past and the present. Set in the 1960s, the play re- imagines the ending for Blanche, who, rather than being driven to madness, is swept up in the new era and ascends instead to freedom. Second show at 8 PM. George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center, $20 or VIP Pass; $15 for students and teachers 2:30 - 3:30 PM—Theater TWO FOR TENNESSEE PRESENTS “SUCCESS” Conceived by director Harold Gervais, Two For Tennessee is continuing series of original one act plays inspired by the life and legacy of Tennessee Williams. This year we feature new plays by Becky Retz and Leslie Nipkow (Thursday). “Success” by Becky Retz Taking the 1947 essay by Tennessee Williams, “The Catastrophe of Success,” as its inspiration, “Success” brings The King of Rock & Roll, Elvis Presley; The Maid of Orleans, Joan of Arc; and Fred, a New Orleans Periplaneta Americana, together in a waiting room that is strange, yet all too familiar to anyone who has lived in the Crescent City. Questions will be asked, weapons will be drawn, and might love be in the air? Matthew Mickal plays Elvis, Julia DeLois is Joan and Angelo Cross is Fred as they work under the direction of Cammie West. Beauregard-Keyes House, $15 or VIP Pass 16 TENNESSEE WILLIAMS/NEW ORLEANS LITERARY FESTIVAL 2:30 - 3:45 PM—Writer’s Craft Session MARION WINIK: MEMOIR BOOT CAMP How does a memory become a crafted essay? A series of prompts breaks this transformation into bite-sized tasks, from choosing what to write about to developing characters, setting, and dialogue, to theme, structure and organization. Along the way, we’ll discuss the ethics of writing about family and friends, the uses of both research and imagination in memoir, and the importance of self-implication. Bring laptop or pen and paper—you’ll walk out with the first draft of a short essay. Historic New Orleans Collection, $25, VIP Pass, or Combo Pass 2:30 - 3:45 PM—Literary Discussion READER’S DELIGHT: TALKING ABOUT BOOKS ABOUT BOOKS For booklovers, there’s no such thing as too many books, and we delight in the stories behind our favorites. This panel of bibliophiles has great stories to tell: Fresh Air’s Maureen Corrigan, author of Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading: Finding and Losing Myself in Books, tells the story behind one of America’s favorite books in So We Beat On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures; Anne Gisleson, author of The Futilitarians: Our Year of Thinking, Drinking, Grieving, and Reading, relates her experience in an existential crisis reading group; Anne Boyd Rioux chronicles 150 years of a beloved classic in Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters; and Sarah Weinman gives us the origin story of Nabokov’s classic in The Real Lolita: the Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World. Moderated by The Reading Life’s Susan Larson. Sponsored by Backspace Bar & Kitchen. Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom, $10 or Literary Discussion, Combo, or VIP Pass 3 - 5 PM—Walking Tour HISTORIC STORYVILLE WALKING TOUR For full description, see page 12 4 - 5:15 PM—Literary Discussion POLITICS AND THE MEDIA: HOW DID WE GET HERE? At a time when the stakes are high, Americans see a new hostility between a presidential administration and the fourth estate. These journalists lend perspective. Tom Sancton talks about his experience working as a journalist in France which culminated in the books Death of a Princess and The Bettencourt Affair: The World’s Richest Woman and the Scandal that Rocked Paris; Douglas Brinkley talks about the challenges of being a presidential historian; Robert Fieseler, author of Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation, talks about coverage of gay issues; and Laine Kaplan- Levinson talks about her new series for WWNO, “Sticky Wicket: On Politics and the Media.” Moderated by New Orleans Advocate political columnist, Stephanie Grace. Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom, $10 or Literary Discussion, Combo, or VIP Pass