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Hellman Wyler Festival: Demopolis Events

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 Date Time Place Description
 

March 3rd
Saturday

10 a.m. - 
12 noon
Robertson Banking Company

Mr. Wyler's Oscar for Best Director of "The Best Years of Our Lives," the Best Picture winner of 1946, will be displayed to the public for a limited time.

 
       
  2:00 p.m. Old School Auditorium

Performance of the play, "The Little Foxes," scorching family drama inspired by Reconstruction Demopolis, by the Canebrake Players. Tickets: $10 adults, $4 students; for tickets click for order form or purchase at the door.

Mr. Wyler's Oscar for Best Director of "The Best Years of Our Lives" will be displayed for audience members.

  
 
  4:30 p.m. Old School Auditorium

Post performance panel discussion TALLULAH SPURNED!  THE ADVENTURES OF HELLMAN AND WYLER IN MAKING “FOXES” ON FILM. Moderated by Don Noble of APT, the panel of visiting scholars and Wyler family members discuss the making of "Little Foxes" for the screen by William Wyler and Lillian Hellman with Bette Davis instead of Tallulah Bankhead in the lead.  Clips will be shown from the Wyler film. FREE

 
  
  7:00 p.m. Lyon Hall

Gala with the Demopolis cast of "Foxes" at Lyon Hall, a model for the play's Lionnet, featuring the Demopolis Singers performing songs from the opera Regina. Sponsored by The Two Rivers Arts Council and The Marengo County Historical Society. Reservations only. Tickets: $50; for tickets click for order form or call the Canebrake Craft Corner at Bluff Hall 334-289-9644.

  
 

March 4th
Sunday

2:00 p.m. Old School Auditorium

WRITING ALABAMA, PRESERVING A HERITAGE:  Alabama Writers Bert Hitchcock and Billy Cobb discuss "The Little Foxes" with Jewish historian and culture scholar Stuart Rockoff from the Institute of Southern Jewish Life, Jackson, Mississippi.  Moderated by Dr. Alan Brown from the University of West Alabama. FREE

 
  
 
 
2:30 p.m. Old School Auditorium

Screening of the film "The Little Foxes." FREE

  
 

March 7th
Wednesday

10:00 a.m. Demopolis
Public Library

NEVER OUTFOXED:  TALLULAH OF ALABAMA   Tallulah Bankhead Scholar Frances Robb speaks about Alabama's notorious first lady of theatre, Tallulah Bankhead, whose greatest stage hit was "The Little Foxes."  She will discuss the rocky relationship between Bankhead and Hellman, two headstrong descendants of Alabama dynasties. FREE

 
  

March 8th
Thursday

3:00 p.m. Old School Auditorium

Screening of film "The Children's Hour" with introduction and commentary by Hellman biographer Bernard Dick. FREE

  
 
  7:00 p.m. Old School Auditorium

Canebrake Players' performance of "The Little Foxes." Tickets: $10 adults, $4 students; for tickets click for order form or purchase at the door.

 
  

March 9th
Friday

10:00 a.m. Bluff Hall

THE LEGACY OF LIONNET:  Hollywood historian and Hellman scholar Bernard F. Dick speaks on Hellman's "Little Foxes" in one of the local ante bellum homes that inspired a plantation setting in Hellman's play.  The program features performances by Demopolis Singers of excerpts from the "Foxes" opera "Regina" written and composed by Marc Blitzstein. FREE

  
 
  7:00 p.m. Old School

Canebrake Players' performance of "The Little Foxes." Tickets: $10 adults, $4 students; for tickets click for order form or purchase at the door.

 
  

March 10th
Saturday

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  

Marengo County Historical Society's Historic Demopolis Pilgrimage featuring Jewish Heritage and History Sites. Tickets: $20 adults, $10 under 12; for tickets click for order form or call the Canebrake Craft Corner at Bluff Hall 334-289-9644.

  
 
  7:00 p.m. Old School

Canebrake Players' performance of "The Little Foxes." Tickets: $10 adults, $4 students; for tickets click for order form or purchase at the door.

 
  

March 11th
Sunday

11:00 a.m. Trinity
Episcopal
Church

Sermon by The Reverend Aaron Raulerson about the Biblical themes within "The Little Foxes."

  
 
  2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  

Marengo County Historical Society's Historic Demopolis Pilgrimage featuring Jewish Heritage and History Sites. Tickets: $20 adults, $10 under 12; for tickets click for order form or call the Canebrake Craft Corner at Bluff Hall 334-289-9644.

 
  
  3:00 p.m. Lyon Hall

Dramatic reading of "The Children's Hour" by Birmingham Festival Theatre. Reservation only, limited seating. Tickets: $20; for tickets click for order form or call the Canebrake Craft Corner at Bluff Hall 334-289-9644.

       
  

Addresses for locations listed above:

Bluff Hall, 407 N. Commissioners Ave.
Lyon Hall, 102 S. Main St.
Old School, 601 S. Main St.
Demopolis Public Library, 211 East Washington
Trinity Episcopal Church, 401 N. Main St.
Robertson Banking Co., 216 N. Walnut

     
  For Information contact:
The Hellman Wyler Festival

Birmingham Festival Theatre:
205-933-2383
Marengo County Historical Society:
334-289-0282