Starting this week, March 23-27, the Tennessee Williams Festival returns to the New Orleans French Quarter, celebrating 36 years of literary revelry. This five-day spectacular brings a myriad of artists, musicians, and actors together for a number of theater events, literary panels, walking tours, music events, culinary and cocktail showdowns, and more.
An opening night ceremony will be co-hosted by two-time Tony Award winner, Michael Cerveris, and New Orleans singer Arséne DeLay, and will commence with a toast to the 75th year anniversary of Tennessee Williams' classic play A Streetcar Named Desire. The first array of attractions will include musical performances, scenes from the play, and a drag show.
Throughout the festival, there will also be varied writer's workshops, contests (with grand prizes up to $1500), and educational seminars for those interested in the literary arts. In addition, there will be a number of live theater performances, artist showcases, and book fairs. Be sure to check out the Saints + Sinners LGBTQ Literary Festival, which runs from March 25-27 at the Hotel Monteleone. This festival gathers LGBTQ writers, readers, and publishers for panel discussions and master classes.
Proceeds from the Tennessee Williams Festival will go towards providing year-long educational programs for the city's writers as well as contributing to the city economy. Yearly festival memberships are available to those who wish to make a bigger impact on the New Orleans literary scene in addition to enjoying a number of exclusive privileges such as free passes, opportunities to mingle with the literati at VIP events, festival merchandise, and public recognition.
Come celebrate the life of one of the most creative and distinguished playwrights of New Orleans! Tickets and event info available here.