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Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum Hosts “Williams 101” Discussions During Tennessee Williams Festival

(Provincetown, MA) – September 14, 2017 – Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM) will participate in the Tennessee Williams Festival by hosting “Williams 101,” an intimate discussion and entertaining 90-minute lesson on Tennessee Williams and William Shakespeare. Patricia Navarra, scholar and host, will lead the discussion and will be joined by various festival guest artists. “Williams 101” will offer insight on the playwrights and more about the festival’s lineup of performances.

“We keep our line-up of shows fresh and diverse by exploring new themes every year,” said executive director Jef Hall-Flavin. “No matter how much you may think you know about Tennessee Williams, there is always more to learn. We try to tailor the Williams 101 series to offer context and provide us with new ways of thinking, as we navigate through the festival. We are always eager to welcome newcomers to Tennessee Williams, but it’s equally important for our returning guests to understand why we chose these plays, and how the shows interact with each other on a thematic level. This year, we are happy to host the very knowledgeable Patricia Navarra, who will lead our conversation about the intersections of Williams and Shakespeare plays.”

“Hosted this year by the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, Williams 101 will explore enduring and surprising connections between Williams and Shakespeare, both to each other and to this place.  The promise of a New World had indelible influence on each, as they wrote 400 years apart, and against the weight of unbearable personal loss in a time of public turmoil — subjects which find strange relevance today,” said Navarra.

“Williams 101” discussions are a continuation of the preview events of the Tennessee Williams Theater Festival held this past summer at the PMPM,” said K. David Weidner, Ph.D, Executive Director of the PMPM. “These events are another way the PMPM is connecting to the community where American theater was born and that makes Provincetown so unique.”

“Williams 101” will be offered three times during the Festival:

Thursday, September 21, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Friday, September 22, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Saturday, September 23, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased through the Tennessee Williams Theater website link

This year the festival is presenting plays by Tennessee Williams and William Shakespeare, the two great poet playwrights of the English language. The four-day extravaganza, taking place September 21 to 24, presents shows and events all over Provincetown, performed by theater companies from around the world. Audiences will experience Williams and Shakespeare side by side, offering a new understanding of both masters. For more information about the 12th Annual Tennessee Williams Theater Festival visit www.twptown.org.

About Patricia Navarra

Patricia Cregan Navarra has taught in the English, Writing Studies and Irish Studies departments at Hofstra University for 18 years, developing interdisciplinary courses between Writing Studies, Visual Art and Shakespeare with the Drama Department (“The Great Stage”), a Writing Course which examines consciousness (“Writing from Both Sides of the Brain”), and several Irish Studies courses to include “Irish Drama and Political Stage” for the Honors College. She was a founding member for the Irish Studies program at Hofstra, and is the director of Hofstra in Ireland, having taken hundreds of students on Study Abroad and in particular to the Galway Arts Festival and Film Fleadth.

Patricia is an elected officer of the American Association of University Professors on campus, and also of the AAUP-Collective Bargaining Congress in Washington, D.C.

An early adopter of David Kaplan’s “Shakespeare, Shamans and Showbiz,” she has used his texts and teaching methodologies for many years. Patricia first made Mr. Kaplan’s acquaintance over 30 years ago when she collaborated the writers and original cast of “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding,” in which she played a bridesmaid. Married to actor Paul Navarra for 26 years, they have two daughters: Marygrace, who is in the MFA Film program at Temple University, and Caroline, who is a Fine Arts major at Hofstra. Patricia dedicates her talk to the memory of Dr. Greg Many, Harry Wachtel Distinguished Chair, who believed in the Arts as a place where people could speak truth to power, and which empower the truth in everyone. She is excited to join the Festival this year as Host of Williams 101.

About the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival was founded in 2006 in Provincetown — the birthplace of modern American theater — where Williams worked on many of his major plays during the 1940s. The TW Festival is the nation’s largest performing arts festival dedicated to celebrating and expanding an understanding of the full breadth of the work of America’s great playwright. Each year, theater artists from around the globe perform classic and innovative productions to celebrate Williams’ enduring influence in the 21st century, hosted by venues throughout the seaside village. For more details, visit twptown.org and follow the Festival on Facebook. The Festival is funded in part by the Provincetown Tourism Fund, and is presented by Sage Inn and Lounge.

About Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum 

Dedicated in 1910, the Monument commemorates the first landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims in the ‘new world’ — in Provincetown in 1620.  Here they signed the historic Mayflower Compact, the first agreement to establish a government by the people, the cornerstone of American democracy. They explored the Cape for five weeks before sailing on to Plymouth. At 252 feet, the Monument is an engineering marvel and the tallest granite tower in the United States. Visitors can climb the Monument’s 116 steps and 60 ramps at a leisurely pace and enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire Cape and visit our webcam for a live “View from the Top.” The Provincetown Museum at the base of the Monument presents engaging exhibitions of important chapters in our national heritage and the Town’s history and is a partner in Plymouth 400 in 2020, the anniversary of the Mayflower voyage and founding of the Plymouth Colony.   Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum is a non-profit educational, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. For more information please visit pilgrim-monument.org.

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