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'Ten by Tenn' to focus on work of Tennessee Williams

News Release — 23 June 2009

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Media contact: Sue Stevens, 817-272-3317, sstevens@uta.edu

ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at Arlington Department of Theatre Arts and Fort Worth theatrical troupe, SceneShop, salutes literary giant Tennessee Williams in a performance lecture titled "Ten by Tenn." The ensemble, composed of faculty, students and professional actors, will present excerpts of Williams' plays, prose and poetry. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 26, in Stage 143 in the Fine Arts Building, 502 S. Cooper St. and at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at the Modern Art Museum, 3200 Darnell St., in Fort Worth.  The program follows last summer's presentation, "Tru Enough," a celebration of the writings of Truman Capote.

Williams penned some of the most well-crafted, powerful dramas of the last century, including "The Glass Menagerie," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "A Streetcar Named Desire." His prose and poetry are not as familiar to general audiences and will be used in the narration of "Ten by Tenn."

"This is such a rich resource," says Natalie Gaupp, theatre arts senior lecturer, said of Williams' non-theatrical body of work. "It's been a real challenge to select just the right pieces." 

Gaupp will anchor the program, providing biographical information and commentary. The ensemble for "Ten by Tenn" includes actress Anne Healy, a UT Arlington theatre instructor, SceneShop's Melodee Halbach and Steven Alan McGaw, and theater students Stephen Tyler Howell and Nick Irion.

The lecture and presentation will last about one hour. All performances are free and open to the public. Call 817-272-5722 for more information. 

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