Our newly forged RiverRun Retro series will team with the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Arts to present our first collaborative “Controversial Classic.” On Friday June 23, the 1964 classic The Night of the Iguana, starring Smithfield, North Carolina native and Hollywood icon Ava Gardner, will be screened at SECCA.
The Night of the Iguana portrays the story of Reverend Shannon, a defrocked Episcopal clergyman gone astray, torn between his passions and his devotion, who leads a bus-load of middle-aged Baptist women on a religious-themed tour of the Mexican coast and comes to terms with past demons in re-evaluating his life.
The film, directed by John Huston and based on the 1961 play of the same name written by Tennessee Williams, also stars Richard Burton, Deborah Kerr, Sue Lyon and Grayson Hall, and won the 1964 Academy Award for Best Costume Design, as well as Oscar nominations for Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography.
The program will include a pre-screening discussion with Lynell Seabold, Executive Director of the Ava Gardner Museum in Smithfield, and Matthew McCarthy, Executive Assistant of the Ava Gardner Museum, both of whom are well-versed in Ms. Gardner’s career. The film will be followed by a free reception, including beverages from Hoots Beer Co. and McRitchie Winery, as well as light hors d’oeuvres provided by Mooney’s Mediterranean Café.
The program will begin at 7:30 PM.
General admission is $15, with student tickets also available at the door for $10 with a valid student ID. Follow this link to buy tickets via SECCA’s box office.
This program of RiverRun Retro is made possible with funding by the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County and Wells Fargo. RiverRun Retro hospitality sponsors include: Hoots Beer Co., Graylyn Estate, McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks, and Mooney’s Mediterranean Café.