O'Neill Expert Brings Insights to Tennessee Williams Festival
The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival has announced that O'Neill expert Robert M. Dowling will be the special guest scholar at the Tennessee Williams Institute (TWI), the educational/performance arm of the Festival which takes place September 22 - 25, 2016.
Patrick Falco, chairman of the TW Festival board said, "We are honored that Robert Dowling, one of the most highly regardEd O'Neill scholars in the world, will be attending performances and sharing his insights about the playwright's genre-busting dramas of the 1920s with the graduate student scholars at our TWI's workshops.
Dowling serves on the editorial board of The Eugene O'Neill Review and the Eugene O'Neill Society board of directors. His highly praised biography, Eugene O'Neill: A Life in Four Acts (2014), has earned accolades for cultivating new insights into the life the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning American dramatist and was a finalist for the prestigious LA Times Book Prize. He is Assistant Professor of English at Central Connecticut State University.
Dowling commented, "This is an exciting opportunity for me. It will be an unusually comprehensive and interactive teaching experience, working with the students along with seeing the performances of these daring plays of both O'Neill and Williams. The rigor and depth of discussion about these two great playwrights who were pushing American drama as far as they could artistically will be fascinating."