Independence Community College Library houses the Inge Collection - available for free viewing, year around.
The William Inge Theatre Festival in Independence, Kansas celebrates the accomplishments of nationally renowned playwrights. Independence was the hometown of William Inge, who passed away in 1973, and was the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of the play "Picnic" and Academy Award winning screenwriter of the movie "Splendor in the Grass."
The Inge Festival was founded in 1981 and brings together actors, directors, theater buffs and writers from across the United States. Each year, the festival recognizes a Honoree Playwright. The 2019 playwright Honoree will be two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottags.
In addition to evening performances by professionals from Broadway and Hollywood, the Inge Festival includes workshops, panel discussions, a scholars conference, tours on William Inge's Independence, and social events. In "Scenes at the Inge House," there is a 45 minute performance of short scenes at the historic Inge House.
The Inge Festival is open to the general public and you can participate a little or a lot. In 2009, I attended the "Scenes," took the tour of Inge's Independence and viewed the exhibits in the Inge collection (free). But you can attend plays or purchase passes to all events on a single day or the entire conference for $225, including VIP events that are not open to the general audience.
For the rest of the year, you can tour the Inge Collection at the Independence Community College for free whenever the library is open. My favorite parts of the one room display were the original posters from William Inge's plays and movies, and the charactertures which he drew.
Tours of Inge's Independence can be arranged year round by calling (620) 332-5492 or inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
William Inge Center for the
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