I sort of grew up in the theater. My father was an amateur actor/director (others simply called him a ham) who spent a lot of time rehearsing, so he dragged me along night after night to the Flint Community Players’ Workshop. I spent a lot of time listening to him go through his lines and so, when opening night came, I was often just as nervous as he was.
When I got to the university, I enrolled in a few theater courses. Although I never spent any time in the limelight, I appreciate the beauty and the uniqueness of theater as an art form.
I have chosen Tennessee Williams as the subject of this course because his characters speak an English that is both crude and beautiful. The dialog is passionate without being lofty; energetic without being bombastic. Williams shows us the dark underbelly of the American dream. I hope you join us on this journey.
As a small teaser, take a look at one of my favorite actresses talking about the revival of Williams The Glass Menagerie on Broadway.
What are we going to do the rest of our lives? Just stay home and watch the parade go by?
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