Blythe Danner, Leah Chase, Jaffe Cohen, Richard Ford, Amy Ryan… and Stella! 

The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival returns to the French Quarter March 21-25. The local festival focuses on the literary works of Tennessee Williams and celebrates southern art, music, food and the LGBT community. More than 130 authors, actors and musicians provide theatrical performances, writer's craft sessions and literary discussions to this 5 day event.

On opening night the festival presents "The Women of Williams: WOW!" hosted by Pulitzer finalist Lisa D’Amour. This inspiring evening of performances will celebrate Tennessee Williams’ unforgettable female characters: Blanche Dubois, Stella Kowalski, Amanda, Serafina Delle Rose, and many more. The event is held at Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré on Wednesday, March 21. Tickets are available online. 

The Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest is a annual favorite where contestants vie to rival Stanley Kowalski’s shout for “STELLAAAAA!!!” in the unforgettable scene from "A Streetcar Named Desire." This year the contest falls on Sunday, March 25 at 4:15 p.m. in Jackson Square and is free to the public.

The Tennessee Williams Literary Festival provides professional writing education to more than 200 area students and supports year-round literary programs in the community.

Tickets are now available on their website at tennesseewilliams.net, where you can also find links to their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – the easiest and quickest way to learn about festival surprises and lineup additions!

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