Monday, April 4, 2005

Getting Ready for Inge

The 24th Annual William Inge Theatre Festival gets underway in a little over two weeks (April 20-23) at the William Inge Center for the Arts at Independence Community College in Independence, Kansas.

This year’s honoree is Tina Howe, author of Painting Churches, Museum, and The Art of Dining.

This will be my fourteenth year of attending the festival. It’s my one chance each year to assume my secret identity as a theatre scholar and hang out with some truly amazing people in theatre. Over the years I’ve had breakfast with Neil Simon, sang camp songs with Pat Hingle and Shirley Knight, gossiped with Eileen Heckart, did a playreading with Polly Holiday, had Edward Albee pat my thigh, and became good friends with a lot of people who share my love of plays and playwriting.

If you’re in the area — Indpendence is 90 miles north of Tulsa, Oklahoma and about a three-hour drive from Kansas City — tickets are still available on-line. If you can’t make it, I’ll be posting from there.