‘Oh, Mr. Faulkner, Do You Write?’ at Omnova Theater at Rosenzweig Arts Center

Date(s) - 03/19/2013
7:00 pm

Rosenzweig Arts Center


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“Oh, Mr. Faulkner, Do You Write?”

Tuesday, March 19, 7pm

Omnova Theater at Rosenzweig Arts Center

Admission is free, but seating is limited so advanced tickets are recommended and can be picked up at the Columbus Arts Council or by calling 662-328-2787

This program is financially assisted by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Mississippi Humanities Council

Please bring a new or gently used children’s book to be donated to local non-profits.



Columbus, MS, February 28, 2013–Audiences in Columbus, Mississippi will have a unique opportunity to meet one of America’s greatest writers on Tuesday, March 19, 7 PM in the Omnova Theater at the Rosenzweig Arts Center. John Maxwell’s internationally acclaimed
one-man play on the life of the Nobel Prize winning author, William Faulkner, will be presented by the Columbus Arts Council.

Maxwell has been presenting his highly engaging, entertaining, provocative and moving performance of America’s most decorated novelist for twenty-five years. He has traveled to twelve different foreign countries and most all of the United States with his performance. “I just love doing Faulkner,” says Maxwell. Every time I step out on the stage to do it, I have a renewed reverence for the man. What most people don’t know about him is his wonderfully dry and dark sense of humor. He loved to tell stories, and was terrific at it.”

Maxwell stressed that this is a theatre piece, and not meant as an academic thesis on the works of Faulkner. “It’s about his life and about the stories in his life,” says Maxwell. In the play, Faulkner emerges from his office after having refused to go to Stockholm to accept the Nobel Prize. “I have too much work to do on the farm. They can send it to me in the mail.” He goes on to tell stories about his days in Hollywood writing screenplays for Howard Hawkes, Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable, about his days in Oxford, Mississippi with his family; a Question/Answer session with an imaginary English class; as well as opinions on the black man in the south, writing in general, and many other things.

In the end, Faulkner changes his mind, does go to Stockholm, and the play concludes with The Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, considered by many as the finest speech of its kind ever written. Come to the Rosenzweig Arts Center located at 501 Main Street in downtown Columbus on Tuesday, March 19 at 7 PM and have the opportunity to laugh and be entertained with this dynamic theatrical presentation. Admission to this event is free; seating is however limited and advance tickets are recommended. Tickets are available at the Columbus Arts Council or by calling 662-328-ARTS (2787). This program is financially assisted by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Mississippi Humanities Council.