Tennessee Williams Program 33rd Annual - Page 4

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS/NEW ORLEANS LITERARY FESTIVAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE WELCOME TO THE FESTIVAL! President, Peggy Scott Laborde Vice President, Sara W. Woodard Secretary, Kim Vaz-Deville, Ph.D. Treasurer, Terry Verigan Literary Program Liaison, David Johnson Theater Program Liaison, Lisa D’Amour Members at Large Sara Barnard Lawrence Henry Gobble Amelia W. Koch Dear Friends, BOARD OF DIRECTORS Cheryllyn Branche Patricia Brady, Ph.D. Beau Bratcher Maureen Detweiler, J.D., Ex Officio William M. Detweiler, J.D., Ex Officio Janet Daley Duval Joel Fredell, Ph.D. Megan Holt, Ph.D. David Hoover Susan K. Hoskins Errol Laborde, Ph. D. John Lawrence Zachary Lazar Mary Niall Mitchell, Ph.D. Brad Richard D. Ashbrooke Tullis Cathie Choppin Weinstein EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Paul J. Willis MANAGING DIRECTOR Tracy Cunningham VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR Karissa Kary SCHOLARS CONFERENCE CHAIR Robert Bray, Ph.D. FESTIVAL PUBLICIST Marian Hawk MEDIA ADVISOR Ellen Johnson FESTIVAL PHOTOGRAPHER Ride Hamilton CONTEST COORDINATOR Erinn Langille TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Ron Goldberg WEB MASTER Cherry Cappel ORIGINAL FESTIVAL LOGO Arthur Nead COVER DESIGN Toan Nguyen ADVISORY BOARD M. Graham Coleman Amy Kirk Duvoisin Mamie Gasperecz Thomas Keith John Kemp Henry Lacey, Ph. D. Priscilla Lawrence Richard Thomas Ruby Tremont Bonnie Warren 2 Photo by Ride Hamiliton Once again we join together in New Orleans, celebrating the spirit of creativity with the best of the literary world. Our guide is our city’s patron wordsmith, Tennessee Williams, as we gather with old and new friends for fine theater, good books, and perhaps a cocktail or two! The power of the Festival, even after more than three decades, never fails to astound us. Though we work on the Festival all year long, it’s somewhat magical how it all comes together in one glorious spring weekend: discussion panels, master classes, plays, poetry, music, food, new voices and literary legends, all together in our great city. We are so grateful for your friendship and support. This year, fans of Tennessee Williams will appreciate the tribute reading “Before He Was Tennessee,” as well as the reinterpretations of his work in the performances of “Last Stop: Desire,” “Long Lost Williams,” “Everyone Expects Me to Write another Streetcar,” and “Two for Tennessee.” Our Annual Scholars Conference and various Tennessee Williams literary panels will satisfy the desire to dig deeper into his works, and we have great Williams theater to thrill us on stage. But as always, we are much more than just Tennessee, as we turn our focus to contemporary writers who challenge us, delight us, and intrigue us with their ideas and word craft. Our master classes and writer’s craft sessions are full of fascinating subjects and award-winning speakers. Pulitzer Prize-winning writers Michael Cunningham and Robert Olen Butler return to the Festival. Cunningham explores where stories come from, while Butler illuminates fictional art. A partnership with the National Book Awards brings Garth Greenwell and Justin Phillip Reed to our Festival. We have sessions on writing memoir from Marion Winik, and erotica from Bernice McFadden. Maureen Corrigan, book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air, talks shop. We have discussion panels on publishing, writing groups, architecture, poetry, love of books, desire, sex, politics, history, and more. Other literary spirits of the Big Easy are vying for attention this year as well. You can see actor Val Kilmer transform himself into “Citizen Twain,” and you can catch the eccentric character Ignatius J. Reilly in our theatrical adaptation of A Confederacy of Dunces. With nearly two hundred writers, scholars, actors, historians, journalists, activists, publishers, technicians, and directors participating, it’s enough to make your heart flutter and your head spin, like one of Tennessee’s characters. Steady yourself, and we’ll see you at the Monteleone. All the best, Paul J. Willis and Tracy Cunningham Important Reminder  The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Contributions are deductible according to the provision of current tax laws. Because of variations in attendance, the purchase of a Festival panel pass cannot guarantee seating for every panel discussion. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, but is generally available. Please note that during the Festival, many activities may be recorded for archival and/or commercial purposes. By attending Festival events, you hereby grant to The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival and others permission to photograph and record you visually and orally for various TV and/or film productions. You grant universal rights for any reproduction of your image, likeness, or voice, throughout the Festival weekend.  TENNESSEE WILLIAMS/NEW ORLEANS LITERARY FESTIVAL