Tennessee Williams (1911 – 1983) was a famed American playwright who wrote plays, short stories, poetry, essays, and memoirs, adapting much of his best work for the silver screen. Williams also happened to be a New Orleans resident during one of his most creative periods and some of his works are based on the city. “A Streetcar Named Desire,” for example.
The annual Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, now in its 28th year, celebrates both the life and career of Tennessee Williams and offers established and aspiring writers a chance to tap into the creative spirit that fueled him with a series of events throughout the French Quarter.
Literary panel discussions, theatrical performances, master classes, a Scholars’ Conference, the “Drummer and Smoke” music program, the Literary Late Night Series, walking tours, and food events are just a few of the attractions scheduled.
Numerous theatrical and literary luminaries have signed up to take part in the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival including actress, author, and three-time Academy Award nominee Diane Ladd; bestselling author Laura Lippman; former Louisiana Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque; actress Judith Chapman; author Megan Abbott, and many many more.
The Southern Repertory Theatre is putting on Williams’ “The Night of the Iguana” throughout the festival, March 12th through April 8th, at The Art Klub, which is located just outside the French Quarter. Don’t miss the chance to see this classic serendipitously performed!
And, finally, it wouldn’t be the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival without a “Stella!” shouting contest. That’s right, step right up and ready yourself to belt out the signature line from William’s “Streetcar Named Desire.” Dressing up as Stanley Kowalski is not compulsory but it couldn’t hurt. More of a Stella than a Stanley? Don’t feel left out – female contestants are allowed to shout “Stanley!”, should they be so moved. Prizes are promised for the best shouter but mum’s the word on what those might be. I’m guessing throat lozenges.
The 2014 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival
March 19th – 23rd
For a full schedule, tickets and more, please visit: www.tennesseewilliams.net
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