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Oct 27 Tennessee Williams Mississippi Delta Seminar in NYC

Posted on: November 1st, 2013 by KKohlhaas No Comments

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!

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Tennessee Williams Festivals: Provincetown and Mississippi

Posted on: October 9th, 2013 by KKohlhaas No Comments

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.FestSlide2

Welcome to the new site and blog!

Posted on: September 23rd, 2013 by KKohlhaas No Comments


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!