March 24, 2011
This Saturday, March 26th marks the 100 year anniversary of the birth of Tennessee Williams. Williams is widely recognized as perhaps our greatest American playwright. Though he was born in Mississippi, he has ties to Missouri; he lived in St. Louis for a time and attended school at the University of Missouri. Much of Williams' early life experiences and family dynamics were unhappy and turbulent, and he used what he experienced to create the characters in his plays. Williams once told his agent that he had "only one major theme for my work, which is the destructive impact of society on the non-conformist individual."
Some of Williams' most famous works have been made into movies. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Glass Menagerie, and A Streetcar Named Desire are three of his biggest successes as a playwright. These plays are still among the most produced in the world. Your local library has copies of the movies (and also the plays that inspired the movies), so come in and take one home today to enjoy.
North Oak Branch