The Willa Cather Foundation is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Willa Cather’s “O Pioneers!” with a special appearance by Academy Award-winning actress Eva Marie Saint and her husband, director and producer Jeffrey Hayden. The couple will participate in a number of events in Omaha during the weekend of October 11-13, including a salon-style reading, an art auction, and a special screening of “On the Waterfront” at Film Streams, the city’s non-profit cinema.
On Friday, October 11, the couple will play host to an invitation only salon-style reading at a private home in Omaha. Saint and Hayden will read selections from “O Pioneers!” during the evening, which will also include cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. The event begins at 7 p.m.
The Willa Cather Foundation Art Auction will take place Saturday, October 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the historic Omaha Building, 1650 Farnam Street. The silent auction includes visual art in many mediums and a selection of work from artists who live in Red Cloud, Nebraska, Cather’s hometown, and from across the state and elsewhere. Two limited-edition prints from artist John Bergers, who recreated many scenes from Cather’s novels on canvas, will also be available.
Participating artists include Bart Vargas, Steve Joy, Craig Roper, Tim Guthrie, Scott Blake, Mads Anderson, Daniel Boylan, Colin Conces, Corey Broman, Bill Hoover, Shea Wilkinson, Mary Ann Strandell, Ying Zhu, Mary Zicafoose, Deb Kubik, Jeremy Daniels, Amy Springer, Travis Hencey, Gesine Janzen, Barb Kudrna, David McCleery, Jorn Olson, Betty Kort, Linda Stych, Antoinette Turnquist and Dustin Witte, among others.
Also in the auction will be three framed, limited edition “O Pioneers!” posters and a number of Cather-themed gift baskets. Fans of the novelist can also purchase a 2014 Cather calendar, Cather cookbooks, and posters. The auction is open to the public.
Saint and Hayden will provide entertainment during the event with a reading of some of the most famous passages from Cather’s novel. Omaha slam poets Rebecca Lowry and Andrew Ek, who is also the Education Director for the Nebraska Writers’ Collective, will do a reading inspired by the book.
On Sunday, October 13, Film Streams and the Cather Foundation will play host to a special one-time screening of “On the Waterfront” at 12:30 p.m. at the theater, 1340 Mike Fahey Street. The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Saint. She won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in the 1954 film.