Tennessee Williams Program 33rd Annual - Page 20

Saturday MARCH 30 Twain spins a series of yarns with his timeless satire and incomparable wit. Kilmer wrote, produced, directed, and stars in the piece. The youngest actor ever accepted to Juilliard’s Drama Division, Kilmer skyrocketed to international stardom playing Iceman in Top Gun, Jim Morrison in The Doors, Doc Holliday in Tombstone, and the Caped Crusader in Batman Forever. Tickets range from $25 - $40, with Super VIP ticket buyers ($125) attending an exclusive meet-and-greet happy hour with Val before the film. Tickets available at www.thejoytheater.com 10 - 11 PM—Theater The NOLA Project presents Literary Late Night BY ANY SCENES NECESSARY: LONG LOST WILLIAMS Join us for a late night at Mags as the slightly intoxicated spirit of Tennessee Williams joins us from the great beyond to reveal his single long-lost play, yet to be unearthed by the historians. It is a story of lust, desire, rickety streetcars, noisy leg braces, low-down drunks, sexy sailors, old drag queens, and entirely set in the filthiest back alley of the Quarter. Join us as our team of improvisers and Williams himself reconstruct what might be his greatest work you never knew existed. MAGS 940, $15 in advance; $20 at the door, or VIP Pass SATURDAY, MARCH 30 9 AM - 4 PM Box Office (Queen Anne B) and Book Fair (Queen Anne A) at the Hotel Monteleone. 8 - 9:15 AM—Special Event BOOKS AND BEIGNETS Few novels have captured the exuberance, excesses, and idiosyncrasies of New Orleans as John Kennedy Toole’s rollicking Pulitzer Prize-winning A Confederacy of Dunces. As we look forward to the 40 th anniversary of its publication in 2020, the reading group will take up this modern classic, eyeing it anew from 21 st Century perspectives. Attendees are invited to read (or reread) this sprawling picaresque novel and assess how Toole deftly parodies religion, race, gender, sexuality, and politics in his native city in the 1950s and 60s. The suggested edition is the standard paperback (ISBN 978-0802130204). The tradition continues of coffee and beignets at Muriel’s Restaurant with lively discussion to follow. Southern literary scholar Gary Richards again facilitates. Seating is limited to 50 persons; pre-registration is required. Muriel’s Jackson Square Restaurant, $25 or VIP Pass 10 - 11:15 AM—Literary Discussion TAKE ME AWAY: CELEBRATING A SENSE OF PLACE Readers rely on books to transport them to places they fantasize about, places they hope to see, and sometimes to celebrate the places they know well. These panelists shine with their knowledge of setting: in Acid West, Josh Wheeler takes us to southern New Mexico and the post nuclear-test landscape; Silas House (Southernmost) and Hannah Pittard (Visible Empire) explore the complexities of the modern South; 18 TENNESSEE WILLIAMS/NEW ORLEANS LITERARY FESTIVAL and Robert Olen Butler’s most recent work explores the City of Light in 1915 in Paris in the Dark. Malka Older draws on her experience in Darfur, Central Asia and Japan to create the beleaguered world of the near future in her cyberpunk political thrillers in The Centenal Cycle. Moderated by David Benedetto of WRBH. Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom, $10 or Literary Discussion, Combo, or VIP Pass 10 - 11:15 AM—Literary Discussion JASON BERRY: ON PAGE AND SCREEN In his book, City of a Million Dreams: A History of New Orleans at Year 300, Jason Berry explores the beguiling personality of New Orleans as the product of long tension between a culture of spectacle, rooted in Congo Square dances of enslaved Africans, and a city of laws, fraught with loopholes and lawlessness. Jason’s talk includes the screening of a sequence from the companion film documentary in post-production. Williams Research Center, $10 or Literary Discussion, Combo, or VIP Pass 10 - 11:15 AM—Literary Discussion TOOT IT OR BOOT IT: MAKING YOUR PITCH TO PUBLISHERS This Pitchapalooza event is a Festival favorite! Abram Himelstein, of the Neighborhood Story Project and the University of New Orleans Press, moderates a panel of publishers and editors including Kathleen Calhoun Nettleton of Pelican Publishing, Margaret Lovecraft of Louisiana State University Press, Sharyn Rosenblum of William Morrow/HarperCollins, and editor, publisher, and author, Felice Picano. Participants will sign up (first come, first served) for a chance to make a two-minute pitch and get reactions from our distinguished panel. Sponsored by Pelican Publishing. Muriel’s Jackson Square, $10 or Literary Discussion, Combo, or VIP Pass 10 - 11:15 AM—Master Class ERROL LABORDE INTERVIEWS HISTORIAN DOUGLAS BRINKLEY Rice University historian and bestselling author Douglas Brinkley previews his brand new book, American Moonshot, and talks about his long and diverse writing career. He is a presidential historian and the history commentator for CNN. He has written books about the Mississippi River, Hurricane Katrina, Walter Cronkite, John Kerry, Dean Acheson, Hunter S. Thompson and Jack Kerouac, and has traveled the country teaching history, chronicled in the book The Majic Bus. Errol Laborde is the editor of New Orleans Magazine and Louisiana Life and the producer of the PBS show Informed Sources. Hotel Monteleone, Vieux Carre Room, $15 or VIP Pass