MEDIA CONTACT: Marian Hawk: press@tennesseewilliams.net 706-840-0257

NEW ORLEANS—The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival is hosting a benefit on October 9, 2018, inspired by Tennessee Williams’s themes of desire and passion. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m.with a Cocktail Hour and Hors d’oeuvres by NOPSI Hotel, followed by performances at 7:30 p.m. The event takes place at the new WYES Kornman Performance Studio at 916 Navarre Street. Tickets are $75 for the general public and $60 for 2018-19 Festival members. Proceeds will benefit the programing for the coming 2019 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.

Guests will enjoy music, scenes, and poetry by and inspired by the ardent writings of Tennessee Williams. Featured performers include Beth Bartley, Luke Brechtelsbauer, Leslie Castay, Leon Contavesprie, Augustin J Correro, Brenda Currin, Todd d’Amour, Janet Daley Duval, David Hoover, Harry Mayronne, Nell Nolan, Francine Segal, and Anais St. John.

The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival will take place March 27-31, 2019. Visit the Festival website and social media platforms for announcements regarding #TWF19 speakers, events, and performances.

The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival celebrates the genius of Tennessee Williams, who once called our city his “spiritual home,” and the contemporary artists who are as honest and unflinching in their examination of the human condition as our patron playwright. Founded in 1986 by a group of cultural enthusiasts, the Festival has grown from a small gathering of 500 to a five-day literary and multi-cultural event, which sees 11,000+ seats filled each year. In late March, we toast Williams’ birthday with theater, literary panels, food, and music events featuring luminaries and the brightest new talents in American arts. For more information, visit www.tennesseewilliams.net or find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. www.tennesseewilliams.net www.facebook.com/TWFestNOLA www.twitter.com/TWFestNOLA www.instagram.com/TWFestNOLA

The Festival is grateful to our Premier Media Sponsor, The New Orleans Advocate.

MEDIA CONTACT: Marian Hawk press@tennesseewilliams.net 706-840-0257