July 1, 2016
This beautiful Memphis back yard garden was the site of the very first Tennessee Williams play ever performed. Titled Cairo! Shanghai! Bombay!, Williams wrote the play during the summer he spent in Memphis with his grandparents in 1935, recuperating from a breakdown that seemed to result from two years of writing all night and working all day at the International Shoe Company of St. Louis. Williams apparently wrote the play with his grandparents’ next door neighbor, a young woman named Dorothy Shapiro, who wrote the prologue and epilogue.
May 10, 2016
The first St. Louis Festival starts this weekend with an impressive roster of shows and events!
Go here for schedule: http://www.twstl.org/schedule/
July 29, 2015
KINGDOM OF EARTH, presented by the newly-formed Tennessee Williams Theater Company of New Orleans, and directed by Augustin J. Correro runs July 31-August 16th! For info and dates/times, go to http://www.twtheatrenola.com.
March 31, 2015
This fabulous festival in New Orleans had productions, scholars panels, and a gorgeous evening of Tennessee Williams & related readings by the likes of John Patrick Shanley and John Waters. Put it in your calendars for next year! Last weekend of March. http://www.tennesseewilliams.net/
August 17, 2014
It’s Tennessee Williams festival season. First up is Columbus, MS, featuring a production of THE GLASS MENAGERIE. There are scholar’s panels, a Moon Lake dinner, and tour of historic Columbus homes, including one in which his mother Edwina was a frequent party guest. All information is at http://web3.muw.edu/tennesseewilliams.
January 6, 2014
Photos from the final presentation of our Fall 2013 All-Tennessee Williams Advanced Scene Class in NYC. This class featured work on eight Williams plays, many of them set in the Mississippi Delta. We had guest lectures from Williams expert Thomas Keith, and accent coaching from the great Susan Finch. Stay tuned for this year’s classes!
December 11, 2013
Join us in New York this Sunday December 15th 4:30-6pm for a talk by Dr. Colby Kullman (seen here on Moon Lake in the Mississippi Delta) of Ole Miss, on Williams’ beautiful later play, SMALL CRAFT WARNINGS, with readings by special guests including Reed Birney. Email events@TennWmsDelta for complete info!
November 1, 2013
Many thanks to all who attended! We had a great time at last Sunday’s NYC seminar, which included film clips from the documentary by director Karen Kohlhaas; a Mississippi Delta accent class with Susan Finch; a talk on Williams’ Delta plays that became Hollywood movies by Thomas Keith, and Melinda Grace and Perri Yaniv (pictured) in a scene from Williams’ early Delta play SPRING STORM. Written when Williams was only 26, SPRING STORM contains themes Williams was to develop in many of his later plays. Stay tuned for our upcoming events!
October 9, 2013
In September and October, three annual Tennessee Williams festivals brought together many hundreds of people to celebrate the playwright in an inspiring variety of ways. I was very lucky to attend all three, and presented a talk on “The Real Baby Doll” at the Clarksdale festival. Next: the New Orleans festival in March 2014. Please see the resource and festival page of this site for links to all four of the yearly festivals.
September 23, 2013
This cemetery angel in Clarksdale, Mississippi is said by locals to be the inspiration for the angel fountain in Tennessee Williams’ play, SUMMER AND SMOKE, which was set in a Mississippi Delta town, “in a year shortly before the first World War”. Williams moved to Clarksdale with his mother, sister, and grandparents in 1917, the year he turned 6 years old. Previously, the family had lived in his birthplace of Columbus, Mississippi as well as Nashville, Tennessee, and Canton, Mississippi. This film will tell the story of Williams’ years in Clarksdale, as well as his connections to other towns in Mississippi and the Delta, and how frequently Mississippi and its people ended up in his plays, poems, and stories.
Please look around the site, and visit often—we will be updating frequently. And please spread the word!
Click here to read more about this film!