Extended Run Players to stage ‘Tenn to One’ on Tennessee Williams

By Jena Rakowitz


It’s been 100 years since writer Tennessee Williams was born – and the Extended Run Players will celebrate it with “Tenn to One: The Letters of Tennessee Williams,” in October.

The play, set Oct. 28-30 in Cheever II Downstage Theatre, is an adaptation of a book called “Five O’Clock Angel” by Eliz Kazan. The book is a collaboration of the collection of letters between Williams and Lady Maria St. Just, a Russian-born British actress who met Williams in 1948 London.

Sister Germaine Corbin, artistic director for the Players and a theatre arts professor at UIW, adapted Kazan’s book about the Williams-St. Just exchange of letters and stories.

Thomas Lanier “Tennessee” Williams III (1911-1983) was an American writer who worked principally as a playwright in the American theater. He also wrote short stories, novels, poetry, essays, screenplays and a volume of memoirs. His professional career lasted from the mid-1930s until his death in 1983, and saw the creation of many plays that are regarded as classics of the American stage. His archives are at the University of Texas-Austin.

For 10 years, the Extended Run Players, a seasoned group of actors and actresses, has been using the UIW and involving students in the technical part of their productions to raise money for the Department of Theatre.

The Players aren’t your usual actors, as they participate in a certain type of performing called reader’s theater. This means they may have their scripts in front of them while performing. There’ll also be some black-and-white costuming and original, live piano music.

The Players perform each fall and spring, donating 100 percent of their profits towards an Endowed Scholarship for Theatre Arts majors.

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