This Property is Condemned

March 23, 2020 - 6:30 pm

Event Category: KWAHS Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration
Admission: $14 // $10.75 Members

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Few figures loom larger in Key West’s literary history than Tennessee Williams — and we are proud to partner with the Key West Art and Historical Society to celebrate the legendary author and playwright throughout March!

The series concludes with a star-studded adaptation of Williams’s 1946 play “This Property is Condemned,” directed by Sydney Pollack (The Way We Were, Out of Africa, The Firm) and co-written for the screen by Francis Ford Coppola.

Repressed desires, sultry women, sweltering weather and a handsome new stranger in town: this is Williams at his very best. Depression-era Dodson, Mississippi, is particularly devastated with the arrival of Owen Legate (Robert Redford), a railroad official with a pocketful of pink slips for the rail yard employees. Natalie Wood is captivating as Alva Starr, the coquettish town flirt with plenty of big plans but nowhere to go … until Legate appears on her doorstep. Their ensuing affair enrages Alva’s distant, uncaring mother (Kate Reid)—and ignites a town’s revenge. 

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