Arts

Actor Brings Faulkner To Life In One-Man-Show

Lois Reitzes spoke with playwright John Maxwell and professor Tom McHaney about the interesting life of Southern novelist William Faulkner.
Lois Reitzes spoke with playwright John Maxwell and professor Tom McHaney about the interesting life of Southern novelist William Faulkner.
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Novelist William Faulkner is among the greatest voices in Southern literature. He referred to his writing as “a life’s work in the agony and sweat of the human spirit.” And Faulkner’s human spirit has been the life’s work of playwright, actor and director John Maxwell.

He is co-author of “Oh Mr. Faulkner, Do You Write?” and with this one-man show, has been portraying the author on stages around the world for nearly 40 years.

The story opens as Faulkner learns that he is being awarded the Nobel Prize in literature, which he refuses to travel to Stockholm to accept, saying “there’s just too much work to do on the farm.” The show consists of Faulkner regaling the audience with stories of his Hollywood screenwriting days and his upbringing in Mississippi.

Maxwell performs “Oh Mr. Faulkner, Do You Write?” in the Troy Moore Library at Georgia State University on April 24 at 3:30 p.m.