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Stellaaaaaa! It’s the 2015 Tennessee Williams Festival

March 7th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

2015 Tennessee Williams FestivalA celebration of writing, performing, and honing one’s craft, New Orleans’ 29th annual Tennessee Williams Festival – March 25-29, 2015 – will have you shouting in the street a-la Stanley Kowalski.

No, really.

Also known as the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, the Tennessee Williams Festival’s mission is to entertain and inspire both fans and creators through a host of performances, seminars, contests, walking tours, and, of course, food and drink – the Tennessee Williams Fest is held in New Orleans French Quarter, after all!

The 2015 Tennessee Williams Festival

Tennessee Williams (1911 – 1983)

A New Orleans resident during one of his most creative periods, Tennessee Williams’ fame as an author and playwright was far reaching, especially after much of his best work was adapted for the silver screen. Films like “The Glass Menagerie,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “Night of the Iguana,” and “The Rose Tattoo” packed movie theaters around the globe.

More than just a home and workplace to the writer, New Orleans became the background for many of Tennessee Williams’ works, such as the classic “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

Beyond celebrating Tennessee Williams’ works, the New Orleans Literary Festival’s ulterior motive is the promotion of creative expression through the written and spoken word and, as such, has assembled a stellar array of guest speakers for literary panel discussions. There will also be master classes offering intensive, one-on-one interactions with established writers, directors, and performers.

On stage during the 2015 Tennessee Williams Festival: “Suddenly Last Summer,” one of Williams’ most celebrated plays, will be performed at New Orleans’ renowned Southern Repertory Theatre.

Finally, the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival offers shouting in the street.

The “Stella!” Shouting Contest at the 2015 Tennessee Williams FestivalSay what?

The “Stella!” Shouting Contest is exactly what it sounds like: wanna-be Stanley Kowalski’s, often bedecked in sleeveless undershirts, do their best to shout “Stella!” with the most crowd (and judge!) convincing appeal they can muster. Prizes will be awarded for the best shouters and all contestants have the chance to take home a hoarse … throat.

The 2015 Tennessee Williams Festival

March 25th – 29th
New Orleans’ French Quarter
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The 2014 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival

March 12th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The 2014 Tennessee Williams Literary FestivalI’ll bet you can’t name me a literary festival where screaming at the top of your lungs in the middle of the street is part of the celebration: it’s the 2014 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival!

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.

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