Beth Henley feted as 2017  William Inge Theater Festival Honoree 

The stage is dark, parking lots empty, but our memory of the 36th Annual William Inge Theater Festival is “abundant”! We want to pay homage to each and all of the amazing people who took part in welcoming and celebrating our Honoree, Beth Henley.  We believe that our inspirational festival founder Margaret Goheen would be proud of how the Inge Festival continues bring America's outstanding writers to Independence to celerate their achievements.

Beth Henley joined the roster of renowned playwrights who have traveled to our small Kansas town, where we honor the memory of homegrown writer William Inge with a theatrical celebration each spring.  Beth Henley, a 1981 Pulitzer Prize-winner, joins a select company of acclaimed writers we’ve honored.

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 The Inge Festival experience:
as described by the media.

American Theatre magazine, April 21, 2015. "Donald Marguiles, Brooklyn Boy, Feted in William Inge's Hometown"

American Theatre magazine, April 28, 2016. "Inge Festival Brings the Theatre World to Independence"

New York Times, Aug. 5, 2009. "Out of Kansas, Into the World; A Trove of Inge Plays."

New York Times, April 22, 1998. "Frank Rich Journal; Kansas Night Music"

New York Times, April 24, 1996. "Hospitality Takes Center Stage at a Town's Festival for its Native-Son Playwright" 

PBS News Hour, June 12, 2006 “William Inge Theater Festival Honors Playwrights”


See what welcomes you in Independence during your
William Inge Theater Festival visit!

Welcome to Independence, Kansas, and the 36th Annual William Inge Theatre Festival & Conference!

With thanks to Hoite Caston Productions.


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