Westport Library to celebrate Tennessee Williams
Published 5:25 pm, Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Westport Public Library will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late playwright Tennessee Williams by showing film adaptations of three of his plays in October in the library, 20 Jesup Road.
A 1958 film version of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" starring the late Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor will be shown 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. Newman earned his first Oscar nomination in the 108-minute film, while Taylor received her second nomination.
A 1987 adaptation of "The Glass Menagerie" directed by Newman and starring Joanne Woodward will be presented 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7. The 134-minute film also stars Karen Allen, John Malkovich and James Naughton.
All three screenings will be followed by a talk by Dr. Mark Schenker about the enduring significance of Williams' work.
Schenker, associate dean at Yale College, will also look at Williams' achievement and the price of honesty as a theme in his plays 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13.
All of these events, free and open to the public, will be held in the library's McManus Room. For information, call 203-291-4800 or visit www.westportlibrary.org.