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The author of the book: David Kaplan
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Edition: Hansen Pub. Co.
Date of issue: September 25th 2007
ISBN 13: 9781601824219
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Tennesse Williams in Provincetown is the story of Tennesse Williams' four summer seasons in Provincetown, Massachusetts. In Provincetown Williams fell in love unguardedly for perhaps the only time in his life and had his heart broken. Williams drank in Provincetown, he swam there, and he took conga lessons there. He was poor and then rich there; he was unknown and then famous. Throughout it all, Williams wrote every morning. The list of plays Williams worked on in Provincetown include "The Glass Menagerie", "A Streetcar Named Desire", "Summer and Smoke", the beginnings of "The Night of the Iguana" and "Suddenly Last Summer".
Tennessee Williams in Provincetown collects original interviews, journals, letters, photographs, accounts from previous biographies, newspapers from the period, and Williams' own writing to establish how the time Williams spent in Provincetown shaped him for the rest of his life. The book identifies major themes in Williams' work that derive from his experience in Provincetown, in particular the necessity of recollection given the short season of love. The book also connects Williams mature theatrical experiments to his early friendships with Jackson Pollack, Lee Krasner and the German performance artist Valeska Gert. Tennessee Williams in Provincetown, based on several years of extensive research and interviews, includes previously unpublished photographs, previously unpublished poetry, and anecdotes by those who were there.
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David Kaplan is the author of Tennessee Williams in Provincetown (Hansen Publishing Group) and The Five Approaches to Acting (Hansen Publishing Group). He is a theater director who stages plays around the world with professional companies in indigenous languages and settings. He is a former Fellow at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center in Austin, Texas, the repository of Tennessee Williams’s literary estate. He has experience directing Williams’s repertory around the world.
In 2003, Mr. Kaplan staged Tennessee Williams’s "The Eccentricities of a Nightingale" in Cantonese at the Hong Kong Repertory Theater. Seasons past include directing the first Russian production of Tennessee Williams’s "Suddenly Last Summer" (the subject of a TASS documentary); a Sufi "King Lear" in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, performed in the Uzbek language and broadcast on Uzbek television; and Genet’s "The Maids" in Ulaan Baator, Mongolia, performed in Mongolian. In America, he has staged his own adaptation of "The Circus of Dr. Lao" in Los Angeles, Tennessee Williams’s "The Traveling Companion" at West Beth in New York, and Williams’s "Frosted Glass Coffins" in Birmingham, Alabama. He is also the curator of the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival.
David Kaplan is also the author of articles on such varied subjects as Eudora Welty and Andres Segovia, the history of Shakespeare productions in Central Asia, the American monologist Ruth Draper, the twenty-first century freaks of Coney Island USA. His translations of Chinese poetry from eighteenth century Japan will appear in the journal Alehouse early 2007.
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