(6:30 PM Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar on the veranda overlooking the Mississippi River)

Our Tribute Reading features the creative connection between Williams and his time spent in Italy and includes selections from his memoirs, the many letters he wrote while in Rome, and the imaginative writings inspired by and created during his stays. Williams visited Italy for the first time in 1948. In his Memoirs, Tennessee wrote, “As soon as I crossed the Italian border my health and life seemed to be magically restored. There was the sun and there were the smiling Italians.” Tennessee spent a great deal of the next decade in Rome, where he worked on many of his greatest works including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Rose Tattoo, and Baby Doll.

Our readers include interviewer and raconteur extraordinaire, Dick Cavett; acclaimed biographer and memoirist Patricia Bosworth (Montgomery Clift:  A Biography, Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda:  The Private Life of a Public Woman); actor Bryan Batt, who has appeared on stage, screen, and television (Mad Men, Starlight Express, 12 Years a Slave); Amy Dickinson, best-selling author, advice columnist “Ask Amy” and NPR contributor; author and journalist Julia Reed (Julia Reed’s South: Spirited Entertaining and High-Style Fun All Year Long), and Pulitzer Prize-winners Rick Bragg (Ava’s Man, My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South) and Robert Olen Butler (A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, Perfume River). Special guests include Robert Wagner and Jill St. John. Curated by TW/NOLF executive director Paul J. Willis and Williams editor and scholar, Thomas Keith, who serves as our Master of Ceremony providing context and introductions for the selected readings.

Sponsored by a generous grant from the New Orleans Theatre Association.


  THU 3/23 7:30 PM

  Individual tickets to this event are available for $35

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