“NOW THE CATS WITH JEWELLED CLAWS” BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS

“NOW THE CATS WITH JEWELLED CLAWS” BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS

Tennessee Williams wrote his absurdly acidic one-act "Now the Cats with Jewelled Claws" in the late 1960s, then revised it in 1981, not long before his death. Through the play, Williams reflects on loneliness, mortality, and how trivial the human existence can be. This one-act is set during the New York...

DRUMMER AND SMOKE: THE MUSICAL JOURNEY OF NEW ORLEANS COMPOSER ROGER DICKERSON
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DRUMMER AND SMOKE: THE MUSICAL JOURNEY OF NEW ORLEANS COMPOSER ROGER DICKERSON

This special two-hour program will feature a scintillating interview with composer Roger Dickerson by renowned radio announcer Fred Kasten. Dickerson will also perform piano music reflective of his varied cultural journey, traveling through early blues to “pop” and modern jazz. Spinto-Soprano Dr. Valerie Anne Jones-Francis accompanied by pianist Dr....

DRUMMER AND SMOKE: LA COEUR CREOLE:  THE CREOLE MUSICAL HEART OF LOUISIANA
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DRUMMER AND SMOKE: LA COEUR CREOLE: THE CREOLE MUSICAL HEART OF LOUISIANA

Bruce Sunpie Barnes will showcase a collection of original compositions all written in Creole, along with some historic Creole tunes, offering a unique and rare glimpse into Louisiana Creole life, past and present.

IN CELEBRATION OF WRITERS

IN CELEBRATION OF WRITERS

The Festival is excited to celebrate and recognize emerging talent alongside established voices of the literary scene. First, author Nick Mainieri will present our 2017 contest winner,  and the winner and Nick will both read from their fiction. Then Louisiana Poet Laureate Peter Cooley, who judged our Poetry Contest, will...

A CONVERSATION WITH ROBERT WAGNER AND JILL ST. JOHN

A CONVERSATION WITH ROBERT WAGNER AND JILL ST. JOHN

Robert Wagner and his wife Jill St. John both have strong connections to Tennessee Williams: Mr. Wagner co-starred as Brick in an acclaimed 1976 television production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. His illustrious co-stars were Natalie Wood, Laurence Olivier, and Maureen Stapleton. Mrs. Wagner co-starred with Vivien...

LITERARY LATE NIGHT—BY ANY SCENES NECESSARY: THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS

LITERARY LATE NIGHT—BY ANY SCENES NECESSARY: THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS

The NOLA Project returns to the Festival this year with their unique theater/improv hybrid, “Any Scenes Necessary.” In this special Festival edition, Tennessee Williams takes the place of Andy Cohen to bring you Watch What Happens Live—The Real Housewives of Tennessee Williams. With the help of some audience suggestions,...

THE MILK TRAIN DOESN’T STOP HERE ANYMORE

THE MILK TRAIN DOESN’T STOP HERE ANYMORE

Whatever the game, Flora Goforth always claims victory. But how can she hope to triumph over the Angel of Death? As she finds herself in a house on fire, will she break out, or burn the world down with her? And who is the mysterious youth who’s appeared at...

LAST STOP: DESIRE—A DANCE/THEATRE ADAPTATION OF A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS

LAST STOP: DESIRE—A DANCE/THEATRE ADAPTATION OF A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS

Nicole Colbert’s Last Stop: Desire highlights the love and tension in the relationship between three central characters: Blanche, Stella and Stanley, through dance, music, and theatre. Distilled to the essential, Tennessee Williams’ text acts as a foundation to unearth the complex relationship between the three characters as well as...

FIELD PEAS TO FOIE GRAS: FRENCH FLAVORS IN THE HEART OF THE SOUTH

FIELD PEAS TO FOIE GRAS: FRENCH FLAVORS IN THE HEART OF THE SOUTH

Chef Jennifer Hill Booker talks about growing up with Southern flavors, connecting with French traditions, and becoming a Food Ambassador. Conversation will focus on the farm-to-table movement, farmer’s markets, the melding of food cultures in the South, and preserving food culture. She will be introducing her new book Dinner Déjà...

STAGED READING OF THE 2017 FESTIVAL ONE-ACT PLAY CONTEST WINNER

STAGED READING OF THE 2017 FESTIVAL ONE-ACT PLAY CONTEST WINNER

The Festival is proud to showcase the winning play of this year’s One-Act Play Contest through a dynamic staged reading of the script. The winner receives a $1500 cash prize. This event is presented by the University of New Orleans Department of Film, Theatre, and Communication Arts. The Creative...