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Saturday Seminars: Three Plays of Tennessee Williams

Saturday, October 1 at 9:30am to 12:00pm

More dates through October 22, 2022

Baker Downtown Center
975 High Street, Eugene, OR 97401

This seminar will focus on the three plays of Glass Menagerie (1945), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955) and The Night of Iguana (1961), tracking Tennessee Williams from his first major success to the pinnacle of his art in the early 1960s. The seminar will include a mix of lecture, discussion, and audio readings, offering an overview of the dramatist’s life and works, and highlighting the complexities of his characters, particularly as they work to reconcile the body and the soul. Topics include:

  • The structure of tragedy and epic, as applied to the plays.
  • Williams' major influences.
  • The themes of body/soul in his plays.
  • Ambiguities surrounding his characters' actions.
  • The struggle of the coming out process, both for Williams and his characters.

Additionally, the instructor will draw from his personal experiences of taking part in the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival as well as the Saints and Sinners LGBTQ Literary Festival, where he read from his new novel, Galen's Legacy.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations, Seminar


Division of Student Services and Enrollment Management, Continuing and Professional Education, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Target Audience

All Students, Faculty/Staff, General Public, Alumni



$95 OLLI-UO Members; $135 General Community Members


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