New Orleans Tennessee Williams Festival
“New Orleans is where Tom became ‘Tennessee’ and he considered our city his spiritual home”, said Paul J. Willis, executive director of the annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. Next week, the city celebrates the work of Williams who died in 1983.
Born in Columbus, Mississippi, in 1911, some of Williams' finest works include A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Glass Menagerie, Orpheus Descending, The Night of the Iguana and 27 Wagons Full of Cotton and Other Plays. Williams moved to New Orleans in 1939.
25 years ago, a small group of theater and literature enthusiasts created a reason to celebrate the work of Tennessee Williams. The festival will feature productions of Williams’ original plays, literary discussions, music performances, food events and walking tours. On March 23, the festival begins. On March 26, Williams would turn 100 if he were still living.
In 1938, Williams wrote these words about New Orleans in his journal: “I am delighted, in fact, enchanted with this glamorous, fabulous old town. I’ve been here about three hours but have already wandered about the Vieux Carré and noted many exciting possibilities. Here surely is the place that I was made for if any place on this funny old world.”