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.