36th Annual Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival
Category: Major Events/Festivals
Start: Mar 23, 2022 12:00 AM
End: Mar 28, 2022 12:00 AM
Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Name_of_Event: The 36th Annual Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival
Date: 03/23/2022 - -3-27-2022
Location: Hotel Monteleone
Time: All day events 3-23 to 3-27.
Cost: Various ticketing options
The Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival returns to the historic French Quarter for its 36th annual celebration of contemporary literature, culture, theatre, and to honor the 75th anniversary of the iconic play, “A Streetcar Named Desire.” March 23-27, 2022, attendees will be back in person to enjoy award-winning speakers alongside fresh new voices on the literary scene.
The five-day event offers a range of diverse speakers and performers, including Constance Adler, Jamie Attenberg, Mary Mayhew Bergman, Rick Bragg, Tyler Bridges, Elizabeth Miki Brina, Jericho Brown, Michael Cerveris, Craig Colten, Augustin J Correro, Brenda Currin, Peter Ho Davies, Mary Gauthier, Jewelle Gomez, Peter Hagan, Miles Harvey, Ladee Hubbard, Rickie Lee Jones, Errol Laborde, Zachary Lazar, Robert Mann, Eric Nguyen, Glen Pitre, Betsy Prioleau, Kathy Randels, Nathaniel Rich, Gary Richards, Farrah Rochon, Tom Sancton, Kalamu Ya Salaam, Timothy Schaffert, Katie Simpson Smith, Oliver Thomas, Poppy Tooker, Esmé Weijun Wang, David Williams and many more.
“After a canceled Festival in 2020 and a Virtual Festival last year, we are so happy to be returning to our home at the Hotel Monteleone once again for our five-day Festival,” said Paul J. Willis, Executive Director. “Our speakers and patrons are excited about our return, and we can’t wait to celebrate the 75th anniversary of ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ with everyone. Several of our special events focus on this beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning play, including our opening night, tribute reading, and breakfast book club. We are working with city officials to create the safest environment possible so everyone can enjoy the Festival once again.”
The 2022 program includes writer’s craft sessions, literary discussions, theatre, food and music events, a scholars conference, several walking tours, a book fair, writing marathons, and special evening events and social gatherings.
Opening Night of the Festival kicks off March 23, co-hosted by two-time Tony Award winner, Michael Cerveris, and New Orleans singer-songwriter, Arséne DeLay. The evening will toast “A Streetcar Named Desire” with musical performances, scenes from the play, Harry Mayronne’s Marionnettes, drag queens, and more.
The annual Tennessee Williams Tribute Reading returns with Williams’ poetry, prose, and letters, as well as some surprising reviews, critical responses, adaptations, draft material, and playful insights into the enduring cultural reception of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Readers include Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown, Michael Cerveris, Brenda Currin, Jewelle Gomez, among others.
TWFest is hosting “Cocktails with Tennessee: Making Magic Happen With 4 Drinks Inspired by His Characters.” Bakery Bar’s Joe Witkowski, will meld his bartending and theatrical skills to create one-of-a-kind cocktails. Sue Strachan, author of “The Café Brûlot,” will join him at New Orleans’ classic restaurant, Antoine’s.
A Festival tradition for our music enthusiasts, Drummer and Smoke, returns to the Palm Court Jazz Cafe with iconic New Orleans musicians Tom Hooks & Wendell Brunius, Arséne DeLay, and the Hanna Mignano Trio.
The NOLA Project is back with its popular triple one-act presentation, “Tennessee X Three,” and will include Williams’ “Interior Panic,” a one-act precursor to “A Streetcar Named Desire.”
The Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans, in collaboration with TWFest, will perform a night of Tennessee Williams spoofs that showcase the playwright’s most iconic characters and plots in a completely different style. The show includes “Desire, Desire, Desire” by Christopher Durang, featuring Blanche DuBois, who’s just as possessed by lust and desperation as ever. Amanda Wingvalley takes the stage in “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls” (also by Durang). And for something spooky, they present “Swamp Gothic” by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a loving send up of “Suddenly Last Summer” and the “Swamp Thing” comics. The company will also present a world premiere staged reading of Tennessee Williams’ “Moise & the World of Reason” adapted for the stage by Justin Maxwell.
This year TWFest is proud to include a new Storyville Walking Tour with Dianne Honoré and Quinn LaRoux’s Nola Drag Tour, in addition to Kenneth Holditch’s Literary Tour and the Saints and Sinners LGBTQ+ Tour led by Frank Perez.
Also during the Festival weekend, Saints+Sinners Literary Festival (SAS), our annual LGBTQ+ literary conference returns for its 19th year of readings, literary panels, and special events. Visit sasfest.org for more details.
Venues: Most Festival events take place in New Orleans’ historic French Quarter. Sites providing generous support include Hotel Monteleone, the Festival’s host hotel; The Historic New Orleans Collection; Williams Research Center; the New Orleans Jazz Museum; Beauregard-Keyes House; Muriel’s Jackson Square; and Palm Court Jazz Cafe; among others.
Festival Tickets will go on sale mid-February. Prices for most individual events range from $10 to $45. For more information and a full listing of events visit tennesseewilliams.net. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @TWFestNOLA.
The Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival is supported by a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council. Support also provided by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. Major backing comes from the New Orleans Theatre Association, which supports performing arts throughout the Greater New Orleans area, along with support from The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.