Saturday, April 25, 2009

Inge Festival: A Picnic and Picnic

Reporting from the 28th annual William Inge Festival….

Yesterday was a combination of workshops and performances, including a wonderful session with Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt. Mr. Schmidt is ill, so he literally phoned it in from his home in Texas. Then last night we had the big gala dinner and silent auction.

Today will include a workshop on how to sell your play once you’ve written it — or even had a New York production. Then there’s the noon picnic at the park, just like in the the play that won William Inge the Pulitzer Prize.

Here’s a clip from the 1955 movie version of Picnic. It stars William Holden (a bit long in the tooth to be playing a twenty-something roughneck) and Kim Novak.