James Franco will present a multi-media stage piece of his based on the work of Tennessee Williams entitled The Magic Tower this weekend at the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica.
Franco worked with Deborah LaVine, Co-Director of CalArts' Fim Directing Program to create the production of one-act plays inspired by Tennessee Williams' rarely performed collection of short dramas.
Franco and Lavine mentored 10 student film directors along with cast and crew at their ‘One Act to Cinematic Event’ class, to develop contemporary interpretations of Williams' iconic plays. In an official release, Franco said, "We built on a model of cross departmental collaboration. The design students contributed a set that is more than just a space on which the actors perform; it is an integral aspect of the whole piece. Others contributed audio and visual components that make the show even more immersive than last year. And we have added a host of amazing dancers to the huge group of awesome actors and directors."
The production includes one-acts Wlliams would later expand to full-length dramas such as The Pretty Trap, a cheerful take on The Glass Menagerie and Interior Panic, a sprecursor to A Streetcar Named Desire.
For tickets, times and information, visit The Edgemar Center for the Arts.