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Miguela Holt y Roybal

Miguela Holt y Roybal
New Mexico, USA
March 10
Monarch of All She Surveys
Miguela Holt y Roybal is my maiden name en Espanol. I am a retired schoolteacher and aspiring author looking for crumbs of beauty among the ruins. My novel has been a work in progress for longer than I care to admit. It is a postmodern pastiche of magical realism and about a young woman from New Mexico who goes to work in Washington, DC during the 1980s. She has been a longtime witness to the secret rituals of the Penitente culture in her home state and learns about herself and redemption as she sallies forth on her quest for novelty and adventure. I claim fair useage of images found on the internet that illustrate some of my posts. All contents copyrighted by the author unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.


NOVEMBER 5, 2011 1:13PM

In Search of Tennessee Williams

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Calling Tennessee

My eldest daughter is an artist/performance artist in New York City.  This morning she told me about the project that she will be involved in next.  A production by actor/student James Franco and artist Laurel Nakadate, In Search of Tennesee Williams.  The project that will culminate with three performances of Williams' play, The Glass Menagerie, has three parts.

A seance will be conducted as part one on November 13 using a ouija board as a medium.  Franco, Nakadate, and invited guests will attempt to contact the author for instructions from beyond.

Of particular interest to my daughter is part two.  Actresses will then audition before them for the part of Laura Wingfield, the shy, slightly crippled girl in the famed play.

In part three, young actors will read for the role of her brother Tom.  The same monologue will be used throughout the project and Nakadate and Franco will be directing mid scene with instructions garnered from Williams' spirit. 

Daughter asked me if I had any suggestions for her to stand out amid the others during auditions.  I told her to look pretty (easy), walk with a limp, and carry a blue rose.  "Something more subtle, Mom, and not so obvious," she said. "He's super brainy."

Here is some better advice I have for her.  She should channel her inner Judy Garland.  Tennessee Williams wanted Judy to play the part of Laura in the film version produced by Louis B. Mayer and not Greer Garson.

Portions of the show, to take place from noon to 2:00 p.m., will be streamed on Paddle8.com. 



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Fingers are crossed for her!
That's weird, but I hope she gets the part.
Great advice, if Tennesse has input she will win the day.
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Wow, that's really cool! channeling her inner Judy Garland is a wonderful idea, I hope she gets the part.
Good luck to your daughter.
wow What an interesting project to be involved in! Like mother, like daughter.
Sounds exciting and innovative. I hope it is a huge success and comes to DC. Rated.
All pretty girls are a trap, a pretty trap, and men expect them to be.
Amanda, Scene Six

if they got a defect, though, well then..
Interesting Tennessee Williams wanted to cast Judy Garland in that role, she was so strong and full of life seeming, not delicate and fragile seeming at all...he must have trusted her acting skills, and so do I. She would've been good in that role and might've shown that internal will mixed with fragility and a pure heart Laura had to possess, quite well.
Good luck to your daughter, she'll be good in that role as well, no doubt.
TW: one of the best playwright's ever. He knew a few things. They best be careful messin' with him from beyond, here's his opening line from GM.

“Yes, I have tricks in my pocket, I have things up my sleeve. But I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion."

Channeling Judy Garland, a good idea but for her stage presence not her real life! Good luck to your girl, Miguela.
Wow! I hope your daughter will get the part, and I hope you willl have a follow up post to this. I'd love to know if Mr Williams will have shown up at the seance.
I hope she breaks a leg. (that's good luck, right?)
Sir Robert--Mine are crossed, too.

Tinkerbelle--A little weird, I guess, but you know artists.

Toritto--Channeling Judy might be the way. Thanks!
RomanticPoetess--If Williams really is around he will know what an admirer I am of his work and grant her the role. Thanks for reading and for your comment.

L'Heure Bleue--I hope she gets the part, too. Thanks! :D

James--I'll pass on your well wishes to her.
Zanelle--You are sweet. Thanks!

Jon--It would be neat if the show went on tour. Porbably it is just an art happening is my take on it. Thank you.

JamesE--Amanda is my favorite character in the play. For all her annoying rise and shines, she was a lady who knew a thing or two. Thanks for adding to the post.

JustThinking--Who knows what is behind the mind of geniuses like Williams. Judy behind the persona wasn't as strong as she came across kind of like Cary Grant. Thanks for your kind wish for my daughter. She is a very good actress and would make a wonderful Laura. Could probably pull of a convincing Amanda, too.

Scarlett--You have excellent taste. I adore Tennessee Williams' work. He cuts right to the chase and yet is able to weave a world around his characters that draws us into it. And how right you are about channeling Judy--

Fusun--I definitely will be following up on this story. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, dear. :D

Scanner--Yes. She should break a leg and not utter the word "Macbeth" for . . . luck. Thanks!
What a cool project! I hope she gets the part and that you can blog about it!
James and his brother have young fledgling artists communes around the Berkeley area. They are both so talented.. I hope she gets the part..

I'll never forget the one time I visited New Orleans with the family. We were walking along Bourbon Street looking up at the balconies. It was a quiet afternoon. We approached a local sitting on a bench in a little grassy square and asked him if he knew where Tennessee Williams had lived. I think we were fairly near where he had lived awhile. The man, friendly and polite, as a TW character might be, had never heard of him.

Pulling for your daughter to get the part.
Tennessee Williams was a writer of note that left an indelible mark on most of us.... I didn't know this about Judy Garland, but I am not surprised you did!! Please tell us when your daughter gets the part...
Let's hope T. Williams is listening to her "somewhere over the rainbow"!
Maybe a mention of Laclede's landing or the Fox Theatre?
They think they need a ouija board to pick your daughter! Must be a comedy!
Tennessee Williams is by far my favorite playwright of the 20th century. I never knew he intended Judy Garland to play that role. He knew how to write women!