Advancing the spirit of Tennessee Williams through performance. Honoring Tennessee Williams by presenting his classic and undiscovered plays, the work of his peers, and new work inspired by Williams’ creative vision worldwide. The Festival contributes to the cultural wealth of Provincetown by celebrating Williams’ connection to Cape Cod, his evolving international importance and his avant-garde spirit.
The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival was founded in 1986 by a group of local citizens who shared a common desire to celebrate the region’s rich cultural heritage. From an ambitious start with 500 audience members enjoying two days’ entertainment, attendance has increased to the 10,000 audience seats filled in 2011 for our 25th anniversary and five days of programming.
A hometown tribute to Tennessee Williams. The annual Tennessee Williams Tribute celebrates the great playwright and poet in the town of his birth through varied programs of scholarly lectures, dramatic presentations, and social gatherings in which the renowned “Southern hospitality” is abundantly in evidence.
Publisher of Tennessee Williams since 1944, keeping his work in print.
The Woman’s Exchange (TWE), parent organization of the Hermann-Grima and Gallier Historic Houses, was founded in 1881 to help “women in need.” The Woman’s Exchange is one of the oldest continually run non-profit owned and operated by women. The Tennessee Williams: Words and Music CD will be available for sale in The Exchange Shop.
Tenn at One Hundred, edited by David Kaplan, is a comprehensive look at the reputation of America’s greatest playwright Tennessee Williams. Published on the occasion of Tennessee Williams’ centennial, Tenn at One Hundred contains eighteen essays by authors including John Lahr, William Jay Smith, Sam Staggs, Amiri Baraka, John Patrick Shanley, Kenneth Holditch, Allean Hale and others. Collectively the essays explore Tennessee Williams and his legacy: the plays, the films, reviews, talent, tenacity, good forturne, bad timing, friends, addictions, critics, producers, publishers, directors, actors and biographers that helped to shape Tennessee Williams’ critical reputation and iconic status over the past seventy years.
Tennesse Williams in Provincetown is the story of Tennesse Williams’ four summer seasons in Provincetown, Massachusetts: 1940, ’41, ’44 and ’47. During that time he wrote plays, short stories, and jewel-like poems. In Provincetown Williams fell in love unguardedly for perhaps the only time in his life.
Mardi Gras, drag royalty and a glittering civil rights revolution – where else could these elements come together but in New Orleans? Interweaving archival footage with contemporary interviews, The Sons of Tennessee Williams tells the story of New Orleans’ gay Mardi Gras across five decades and uncovers the history of the first civil rights for gay Americans.