Tennessee Williams, 1959.
The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
hosts its 30th anniversary series of literary and theater events from March 30-April 3. Speakers include Megan Abbott (The Fever
), Dorothy Allison (Bastard Out of Carolina, Cavedweller, She Who
), Alys Arden and Cynthia Bond (Ruby
), as well as Dick Cavett, Rick Bragg, Heisman Trophy-winner Billy Cannon, Alexander Chee, playwright Lisa D’Amour (Detroit
), Beth Henley, Estelle Parsons, Rex Reed, Claire Vaye Watkins, and The New Yorker
's John Lahr, who also who wrote the 2014 biography Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh.
Among the stage productions during the fest is Southern Rep's Orpheus Descending
, directed by Jef Hall-Flavin, at the University of New Orleans' Robert E. Nims Theatre. Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre stages The Glass Menagerie.
The Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans also stages three of Williams' one acts, including two world premieres, and writers and playwrights participate in a reading of Williams' plays, letters, essays and letters. The NOLA Project stages a Williams-centric improv show By Any Scenes Necessary
as well as Christopher Durang’s For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls.
There also are music and food events and, of course, the annual Stella! and Stanley! shouting contests. The 13th annual Saints and Sinners LGBT literary conference also runs at the fest.
The full schedule and ticket information is available on the festival's website