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William Jay Smith 

My Friend Tom: The Poet-Playwright Tennessee Williams

William Jay Smith, former U.S. Poet Laureate, was a college friend of Tennessee Williams (Thomas Lanier Williams) from 1935-1940. Like Tom, Bill was a displaced Southerner, born in Louisiana but brought up at Jefferson Barracks, south of St. Louis. Bill received his A.B. and M.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. There he and another poet, Clark Mills, met regularly with Williams and attended the first two full-length plays he produced and which they helped him shape. Bill continued his studies at Columbia University and then at Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar). He is the author of thirteen collections of poetry, two of which were finalists for the National Book Award. He has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1975. From 1985 to 1988 he was poet-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, where he recently spoke at Williams’ induction into the Poets’ Corner. His book on his life-long friend will be published later this year by the University Press of Mississippi.

David Savran

The Kindness of Strangers?: Tennessee Williams in France and Germany

David Savran, Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Vera Mowry Roberts Chair in American Theatre at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, is one of the nation’s leading theatre critics.  He earned a Ph.D. in theatre arts from Cornell, an M.F.A. in directing from Carnegie-Mellon, and has a background in directing theatre and opera. Prior to coming to the Graduate Center, he was professor of English at Brown University. His eight books take a fresh look at New York experimental theatre and such American playwrights as Tony Kushner, Arthur Miller, Suzan-Lori Parks, Paula Vogel, and Tennessee Williams. His most recent book, Highbrow/Lowdown: Theater, Jazz, and the Making of the New Middle Class, won the Joe A. Callaway Prize for the best book on theatre or drama published in 2008-09.  He is co-editor of the Journal of American Drama and Theatre and former vice president of the American Society for Theatre Research. In recognition of his groundbreaking work in American theatre, he was selected to be a judge for the Obie Awards and the Lucille Lortel Awards. More recently, he served as Juror for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.

 

 

   

  Program

 

  Jeudi / Thursday, 23 Juin / June 2011

13h00-13h30  Registration & Coffee (A 136)

13h30-14h00  Opening Remarks, John S. Bak (A 136)

 

14h00-15h30 Session 1a (A 136)

Tennessee Williams et le cinéma européen / Tennessee Williams and European Cinema, présidé par / chaired by André Kaenel, Nancy-Université, France

“The Early Williams Films: Some Views from the European Art Scene,” R. Barton Palmer, Clemson University, USA

 “Tennessee Williams and Sergei Eisenstein,” Richard Hayes, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland

 

14h00-15h30 Session 1b (A 145)

Tennessee Williams et le cinéma espagnol / Tennessee Williams and Spanish Cinema, présidé par / chaired by Dirk Gindt,Stockholms Universitet

A Streetcar Named Desire has marked my life’: Pedro Almodóvar’s Homage to Tennessee Williams,” Michael Hooper, The Princess Helena College, UK

“Transgression in Almodóvar’s Todo sobre mi madre and A Streetcar Named Desire,” Dmytro Drozdovskyi, Shevchenko Institute of Literature & VSESVIT magazine, and Oksana Prykhodko, Kyiv International University, Ukraine

 

15h30-15h45 pause / coffee break

15h45-17h15 Session 2 (A 136)

Tennessee Williams et le cinéma italien / Tennessee Williams and Italian Cinema, présidé par / chaired by Johan Callens, Vrije Universiteit Brussels

“The Italian Connection: Creative Collaborations in Boom!” Susan Smith, University of Sunderland, UK

“Tennessee Williams in Italy: From Television to Indie Cinema,” Alessandro Clericuzio, Università di Perugia, Italy

17h15-18h30 cocktail hour

Dîner / Dinner, on your own

 

Vendredi / Friday, 24 Juin / June 2011

9h00-11h00  Session 3a (A 136)

Tennessee Williams et ses productions franco-ibériennes / Tennessee Williams’s Franco-Iberian Productions, présidé par / chaired by Michael Hooper, The Princess Helena College

“Tennessee Williams in Post-war Spain: Early Plays, Early Work,” Ramón Espejo Romero, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain

“The Reception of Tennessee Williams’s Plays in Barcelona under Francoism,” Jordi Vilaró Berdusan, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

Un Tramway: Warlikowski’s Desire to Reignite (American) Theater in Europe,” Xavier Lemoine, Univsersité de Nantes, France

 

9h00-11h00  Session 3b (A 145)

Tennessee Williams et ses autres productions européennes / Tennessee Williams’s Other European Productions, présidé par / chaired by Henry I. Schvey, Washington University

“The Plays of Tennessee Williams on the Bulgarian Stage (1960-2010),” Kornelia Slavova, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Bulgaria

“Ivo van Hove Directs A Streetcar Named Desire,”Johan Callens, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

“Williams and Bergman—Lust and Death,” Dirk Gindt, Stockholms Universitet, Sweden

11h00-11h15 pause / coffee break

11h15-12h15 Session 4 (A 136)

Live Floral Design with Commentary

Les fleurs européenes dans les pièces de Tennessee Williams / European Flowers in the Plays by Tennessee Williams, présidé par / chaired by John S. Bak, Nancy-Université, France

“It is Warm and Sunny, Violets and Carnations Sold on Every Corner,” James M. DelPrince,
Mississippi State University, USA

 

12h15-14h00 pause déjeuner / lunch break, Room A 104

14h00-15h30 Session 5 (A 136)

Tennessee Williams et Europe / Tennessee Williams and Europe, présidé par / chaired by Ramón Espejo Romero, Universidad de Sevilla

“En Avant! Tennessee Williams between Hyperborea and the Mediterranean,” Felicia Hardison Londré, University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA

“Europe as a Source of Spiritual Inspiration for Tennessee Williams,” Krisztina Dankó, Kölcsey Ferenc Reformed Teacher Training College in Debrecen, Hungary

 

15h30-15h45 pause / coffee break

 

15h45-17h15 Session 6 (A 136)

Tennessee Williams et les européens / Tennessee Williams and Europeans,  présidé par / chaired by Alice Clark-Wehinger, Université de Nantes  

“A Strange Car Named Lobotomobile,” Armando Nascimento Rosa, Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema do Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa / CIAC (Investigation Center of Arts and Communication), Portugal

“‘Drowned in Rabelaisian Laughter’: Germans as Grotesque Comic Figures in the Plays of Tennessee Williams ,” Annette Saddik, New York City College of Technology, CUNY, USA

“The Rome of Tennessee Williams,” Gilbert Debusscher, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

“Tennessee Williams’s French Quarter: A Re(e)valuation of His Short Fiction from a Postmodern Perspective,” Laura Torres Zuñiga, Universidad de Granada, Spain

 

19h00-22h30 Conférences plénières et cocktails / Keynote Lectures and Cocktail Party, Grand Salon, Place Stanislas

 “My Friend Tom: The Poet-Playwright Tennessee Williams,” William Jay Smith, Award-winning Author, Former U.S. Poet Laureate, and College Friend of Tennessee Williams. Introduced by Thomas Keith, Editor, New Directions

 “The Kindness of Strangers?: Tennessee Williams in France and Germany” David Savran, Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Vera Mowry Roberts Chair in American Theatre at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Introduced by John S. Bak, Nancy-Université

22h30 “Rendez-vous, Place Stanislas,” sound and light show on the history of the celebrated Place

22h30 Dîner / Dinner, on your own

Samedi / Saturday, 25 Juin / June 2011

9h00-10h15 Session 7 (A 136)

Tennessee Williams en translation / Translating Tennessee Williams, présidé par / chaired by  

“The Translations of Tennessee Williams’s Plays in Post-war Greece: A Comparative Approach,” Constantina Georgiadi, Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas, Greece

“Translating Tennessee into Russian,” Svetlana Makurenkova, Senior Research Fellow, Academy of Sciences, Russia

 10h15-10h30 pause / coffee break

10h30-12h00 Session 8 (A 136)

Tennessee Williams, l’homme international / The International Tennessee Williams, présidé par / chaired by John S. Bak Nancy-Université, France

Panelists: Dirk Gindt, Centre for Fashion Studies at Stockholm University, Sweden; David Kaplan, Curator and Co-founder of the Annual Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival; Annette Saddik, New York City College of Technology, CUNY, USA; David Savran, Graduate Center of the City University of New York, USA, and Thomas Keith, Editor, New Directions

12h00-14h00 pause déjeuner / lunch break, Room A 104

14h00-16h00 Session 9a (A 136)

L’imagination européenne dans les œuvres de Tennessee Williams / The European Imagination in the Works of Tennessee Williams, présidé par / chaired by

“Tennessee Williams’s Wilde acting,” Emmanuel Vernadakis, Université d’Angers, France

“‘Interpreter’: Tennessee Williams and Chekhov’s Seagull,” David Kaplan, Curator and Co-founder of the Annual Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

“Hybrid Forms of Naturalism in Tennessee Williams’s Fugitive Kind,” Valérie Systermans, Université de la Réunion

“Tennessee Williams’s Plastic Theatre and Art,” Sophie Koch, Lycée Gaston Crampe, France

 

14h00-16h00 Session 9b (A 145)

La Primavera Romana / The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, présidé par / chaired by Alessandro Clericuzio, Università di Perugia

La Primavera Romana di Tennessee Williams: Prostitution as Williamsian Leitmotif,” Denys T. Landry, Université de Montréal, Canada

 “The Art and Decay of Karen Stone in Tennessee Williams’s The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone,” Stuart Noel, Georgia Perimeter College, USA

 

16h00-16h15 pause / coffee break

 

16h15-18h00 Session 10 (A 136)

Les influences du théâtre européen dans les œuvres de Tennessee Williams / European Theatre’s Influences on the Works of Tennessee Williams, présidé par / chaired by Thomas Keith, Editor, New Directions

“Getting the Colored Lights Going”: Tennessee Williams’s Dramatic Expressionism,” Henry I. Schvey, Washington University in St. Louis, USA

“‘Not Expansion but Contraction’:  Tennessee Williams and Harold Pinter,” Michael Paller, Dramaturg, Director of Humanities, American Conservatory Theater

“Cult and Culture: Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie,” Alice Clark-Wehinger, Université de Nantes, France

18h30-20h30 Soirée théâtrale / An Evening of Theatre, Théâtre Amphi Déléage (A027)

                                                                                                                                                                          
Everyone Expects Me to Write Another Streetcar, Jeremy Lawrence

A one-man show, performed by actor Jeremy Lawrence, where Tennessee talks and entertains about the years when the “Streetcar named Success” stopped running, but the writing continued. Drawing on various sources, through anecdote, memoirs, poetry, and the plays themselves, Tennessee muses about the turn away from Broadway, his search for new styles of writing, the battle with the critics, homosexuality and the gay life style, his breakdown and of course his will to survive. 

Roman Nights (Tennessee & Anna), Franco D’Alessandro

Scenes drawn from the internationally acclaimed play Roman Nights (Tennessee & Anna) about the friendship between Tennessee Williams and Anna Magnani by Franco D’Alessandro.  

A staged-reading of selected scenes performed by Jeremy Lawrence and Paula Kaenel. Also available (in English) is D’Alessandro’s published essay on the same subject entitled “Tennessee and the Roman Muse.”

21h30 Dîner / Dinner, Brasserie Excelsior, 50 rue Henri Poincaré

 

Dimanche / Sunday, 26 Juin / June 2011

Tour d’Alsace en car / Alsatian Wine Country Bus Tour
(for pre-paid participants only)

9h00 Departure for Alsace (gathering point at main entrance of the campus of Nancy 2)
11h00 Visit to Haut Kœnigsbourg
12h00 Lunch at the castle
14h00 Visit to the village of Riquewihr
15h30 Visit to the village of Kaysersberg
17h00 Departure for Nancy
19h00 Arrival, campus of Nancy 2