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A Cen-tenn-ial Celebration

The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival turns 25 at the author’s 100th birthday.

Judy and Allain Andry with Peggy Scott Laborde

Steven Hronek

The week of March 23 paid tribute to one of New Orleans’ most iconic and revered literary legends: the great Tennessee Williams, scribe of A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Glass Menagerie and many more.

“Bright, Beautiful Things,” a special event featuring Williams’ one-act plays at the Southern Repertory Theatre, premiered on March 23. The three plays performed were The Pretty Trap, The Magic Tower and Every Twenty Minutes.

Four-time Tony Award winner Zoe Caldwell hosted the evening, which featured cocktails and dessert, not to mention wit, whimsy and southern decadence.

The opening gala, “Remembering Tennessee: The Festival Gala Celebration,” was held March 24 at Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré.

The five-day fête continued with special events, readings, one-act play competitions, celebrity interviews, a scholars’ conference, a breakfast book club, a short fiction contest, French Quarter literary walking tours, a book fair and more.
Williams himself would have celebrated his 100th birthday during this year’s festival, on March 26.
 

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