2022 Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration

Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration Events

In celebration of Tennessee Williams, the Pulitzer-prize winning literary icon that moved to Key West in 1949 and remained a resident for 34 years, Key West Art & Historical Society hosts an annual ‘Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration,’ a month-long series of arts and cultural events that takes place each March at multiple Key West venues.

This yearly festival of events often includes a museum fundraiser, plein air painting, poetry and short story writing contests, lectures, museum tours, film showings, live theater events and a birthday party complete with cake and bubbly to honor the life and accomplishments of Williams, whose rise to stardom began with The Glass Menagerie and continued with A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and other dramatic masterpieces.

(Due to COVID-19, the Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration will be scaled back in 2022 to maintain safety protocols.)

Tennessee Williams Poetry Contest

In commemorating Tennessee Williams’s 111th Birthday, the 2022 Birthday Celebration includes a poetry contest that is open to everyone.  There is no specific theme for the 2022 Poetry Competition; however, your poem must in some way reference Tennessee Williams.  Authors may choose to write a poem referencing Williams, his family, one of his characters, or […]

Tennessee Williams Short Story Contest

In commemorating Tennessee Williams’s 111th Birthday, the 2022 Birthday Celebration includes a short story contest that is open to everyone.  There is no specific theme for the 2022 Short Story Competition; however, your short story must in some way reference Tennessee Williams.  Authors may choose to write a story referencing Williams, his family, one of […]

Tennessee Williams Film | The Night of the Iguana

The Night of the Iguana is a 1964 American drama film directed by John Huston, based on the 1961 play of the same name by Tennessee Williams.  It stars Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr and Sue Lyon. The film won the 1964 Academy Award for Best Costume Design, and was nominated for the Academy […]

Two by Tennessee @ Waterfront Playhouse

Two by Tennessee: This Property is Condemned and The Lady of Larkspur Lotion Waterfront Playhouse March 13, 2022 | 8pm The Waterfront Playhouse will feature This Property is Condemned, a Tennessee Williams play featuring Kelci Grooms and Ervin Tumm for one performance.  The double bill will also include Williams’ lesser-known work The Lady of Larkspur […]

Tennessee Williams Film | Baby Doll

Baby Doll is a 1956 American dramatic black comedy film directed by Elia Kazan, and starring Carroll Baker, Karl Malden, and Eli Wallach. It was produced by Kazan and Tennessee Williams, and adapted by Williams from his own one-act play 27 Wagons Full of Cotton (1955). The plot focuses on a feud between two rival […]

Curator Tour of the Tennessee Williams Museum | The Rose Tattoo

KWAHS is offering a Curator-led tour of the Tennessee Williams Museum as part of the Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration. KWAHS is offering a Curator-led tour of the Tennessee Williams Museum led by Museum Curator, Dennis Beaver, the tour features a detailed look into the filming of The Rose Tattoo in Key West.  The tour furnishes […]

Curator Tour of the Tennessee Williams Museum

KWAHS is offering a Curator-led tour of the Tennessee Williams Museum. KWAHS is offering a Curator-led tour of the Tennessee Williams Museum on Tennessee Williams’ 111th Birthday!  Led by Curator, Dennis Beaver, the tour features a detailed look into Tennessee Williams’ life in Key West.  The tour furnishes visitors a chance to learn more about […]

The Poetry and Prose of Tennessee Williams – An Evening with Fringe Theater

The Poetry and Prose of Tennessee Williams – An Evening with Fringe Theater The Poetry and Prose of Tennessee Williams is a collection of provocative poems and excerpts from short stories and plays read by local poets and writers.  Readers include Diane May & Keith Dempster, Kitty Clements, MaryCarlin Porter, Sarah Goodwin, Mia Shawn, Mark […]

Tennessee Williams Birthday Party & Fundraiser

Tennessee Williams turns 111 this March! Join us at the Tennessee Williams Museum (513 Truman Avenue) for champagne and cake on April 1 (a bit belated, but better late than never).  First and second place winners of the short story and poetry contests will also be revealed at the party and the poetry winners will […]

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