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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
For more info: www.tennesseewilliams.net

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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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Tennessee Williams Literary Festival

March 7th, 2011 by bbnola

2011 is the 100th anniversary of Tennessee William’s birth and the 25th anniversary of the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival in New Orleans French Quarter. As such the annual Tennessee Williams Literary Festival will include birthday cake for many on top of its usual fun and interesting events. Writers, playwrights, actors, and fans will all be on hand to celebrate the life and works of one of New Orlean’s most renowned citizens. You could be here, too, staying in a comfortable Bed and Breakfast New Orleans.

Stay in a Bed and Breakfast New Orleans during the 25th Annual Tennessee Williams Literary Festival.

Speakers will touch on a great variety of topics, from the life and work of Tennessee Williams to food, music, and more. Hear Armistead Maupin discuss the most recent installation of Tales of the City, and learn about John Mariani’s new book, How Italian Food Conquered the World. Learn about such varied topics as Forrest Gump, the Civil War and the glory of the University of Alabama’s football team (by Winston Groom) and join in a discussion about writing about New Orleans music with journalist and jazz clarinetist Tom Sancton. There will also be more than two dozen literary panel discussions.

Poetry readings and art, live music, cocktails and movies – the French Quarter will be infused with special events. And of course, the annual Tennessee Williams Literary Festival would not be complete without the Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest.

The 25th Annual Tennessee Williams Literary Festival runs March 23 – 27, 2011 in the New Orleans French Quarter. For more information, please visit the festival website, and book a room in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast soon.