Williams: The Alabama Tribute at Gaineswood And The Marian Gallaway
Monday, March 2, 2015
Gaineswood in Demopolis
During his courtship of Edwina
Dakin, Tennessee Williams's mother of Columbus, Ms., Gaius Whitfield
sent her a postcard of Gaineswood, his ancestral home in Demopolis,
noting in the margins: "Am sorry I didn’t get to see you again
before I left."
Though the courtship did not
blossom into marriage, Gaius entered theatrical history as a role
model for one of the "gentleman callers" that matriarchal Amanda
Wingfield recalls in "The Glass Menagerie."
the direction of Allison Hetzel, University of Alabama Theatre
students present excerpts from "Menagerie" and other Williams plays
such as "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" in the grand drawing room of
Gaineswood with introductions by members of the Canebrake Players
and a keynote address by Dr. Ken Holditch, author of "Tennessee
Williams and the South" and a professor emeritus of the University
of New Orleans. For more background, read the
Tennessee Williams/Alabama Tribute
The event is presented and
sponsored by the Southern Literary Trail, the University of Alabama
Department of Theatre and Dance, Friends of Gaineswood, and the
Canebrake Players. Additional support is provided by the Demopolis
Public Library, Marengo County Historical Society, the Marengo
County History and Archives Museum, Two Rivers Arts Council and the
Tiger Arts Guild at Demopolis High School with grant funding by the
Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state agency of the National
Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
Place: Gaineswood in Demopolis,
805 So. Cedar Avenue
Day and Time: Monday, March 2, 2015, at 6 p.m.
Information: Call Gaineswood at 334.289.4846
Williams: The Alabama Tribute at Gaineswood and the Marian Gallaway
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
The Marian Gallaway Theatre at The University of Alabama
Upon leaving the University of
Iowa, where he was a student of theatrical arts, Tennessee Williams
wrote that he left Iowa City with "a great deal more theatre
knowledge than I had brought there," thanks to his friendship with
Marian Gallaway. He became the acclaimed playwright of Cat on a
Hot Tin Roof and A Streetcar Named Desire. She defied
the boys' club atmosphere of college campuses during the 1940s and
50s to establish the Department of Theatre at the University of
Alabama where she became known as the unstoppable "Doc Gallaway." At
with a budget of only $2000.00 annually, "Doc" even made the
costumes and wigs for every performance. For more background,
visit the Tennessee Williams/Alabama
Gallaway never kept her
enduring friendship with Williams a secret, even dazzling her
students with claims that she inspired Blanche in Streetcar.
The playwright did use her last name, repeatedly, and Doc's persona
for characters in several plays. For this special presentation in
the Theatre named for Marian Gallaway in 1976, contemporary UA
students under the direction of Allison Hetzel perform excerpts from
the plays of Tennessee Williams. Dr. Ed Williams, who knew and
worked with "Doc," and Dr. Ken Holditch, who knew Tennessee, share
commentaries and reflections on Gallaway and Williams.
This event is presented by the
University of Alabama Department of Theatre and Dance in
collaboration with the Southern Literary Trail for Trailfest 2015
with grant support from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state
agency of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
Place: The University of
Alabama's Marian Gallaway Theatre
Address: Rowland-Johnson Hall on Stadium Drive, near the
intersection of Marrs Spring Rd. (Parking in the ten Hoor Parking
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Info: Call the Theatre box office at 205.348.3400.