This event has been canceled.
Adeline Dieudonné will be at the Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival for two events, including TRIBUTE READING: THE LONG AND THE SHORT OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, along with Maureen Corrigan, Jewelle Gomez, Saeed Jones, Jacob Storms, Colm Tóibín and Kathleen Turner.
This year the Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival features a delightful and often moving selection of excerpts from Williams’s poems, plays, one-acts, essays, stories, and screenplays that are interconnected. Williams never let go of a good idea, and this, combined with his strong and resilient work ethic, led to a constellation of fascinating connections that can be found in his shorter works and later in longer works. Images and characters in a poem he drafted in 1939 during his first visit to New Orleans titled “Vieux Carré,” later appear in short stories, essays, one-acts, and finally his full-length play Vieux Carré from 1977, nearly forty years later. A couple of cartoonish “floozies” written for an early curtain raiser later appear as comical characters in The Rose Tattoo. The image of a mother saying a blessing with her children before a meal at the beginning of The Glass Menagerie in 1945 is the final image of his last full-length play, A House Not Meant to Stand, in 1982. These literary gems, some well-known and others downright rare, will be read by some of the 2020 Festival’s brightest literary and theatrical lights, including Maureen Corrigan, Adeline Dieudonné, Jewelle Gomez, Saeed Jones, Jacob Storms, Colm Tóibín and Kathleen Turner.
The reading is hosted by editor and scholar Thomas Keith and curated by Keith and Festival Director Paul J. Willis.
Pre-party with light fare and a cash bar at 6:30. Performance at 7:30.
Sponsored by a generous grant from the New Orleans Theatre Association.
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