The Tennessee Williams Key West Museum continues to celebrate the playwright with a funny, poignant performance about his 40-year friendship with Truman Capote, followed by reminiscences and a presentation by Tandy Cronyn.
ACT ONE: Truman Talks Tennessee featuring Joel Vig as Truman Capote
Commissioned by the Southern Literary Trail, Truman Capote (played by Joel Vig) talks about his 40-year friendship with Tennessee Williams which began in 1943 and spanned the globe. Funny and poignant, a tour-de-force performance about Key West’s legendary playwright told by another eccentric Southern writer. Assembled from letters, anecdotes and correspondence between the two men, it was called the best and most original event at one of the recent annual New Orleans Tennessee Williams Festivals.
ACT TWO: Tandy Talks Blanche DuBois featuring Tandy Cronyn
Theatre Royalty! Actress Tandy Cronyn, daughter of Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn, reminisces about Tennessee Williams and her mother, the Tony and Oscar-winning actress who originated the role of Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire and her father, Hume Cronyn, actor and director who made it all happen. Ms. Cronyn will read from the playwright’s poetry collection and participate in a conversation about her family and Williams with Stephen Kitsakos, artistic associate of the Tennessee Williams Museum and The Studios of Key West Board President.
Joel Vig starred in the original Broadway production of Hairspray with Harvey Fierstein as Principal Spritzer and Mr. Pinky. Joel understudied both the roles of Edna and Wilbur Turnblad in the Tony winning musical. He also starred in Ruthless and frequently appears in popular Manhattan cabaret shows. He has appeared at the Tennessee Williams Festivals in New Orleans and Clarksdale, Mississippi.
Tandy Cronyn is an actress who attended London’s Central School of Speech and Drama. Her first Broadway appearance occurred in 1969, when she joined the cast of the long-running musical Cabaret as Sally Bowles. She chalked up some impressive stage credits over the years in such classics as Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, Brecht’s Good Woman of Setzuan, Sophocles’ Antigone and Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. She is also known for her roles in the films Once Upon a Time in America (1984), The January Man (1989) and Hart to Hart (1979).