2021 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 2021 to maintain safety protocols.)

Private Tour of the Tennessee Williams Museum

Book your private tour of the Tennessee Williams Museum, 513 Truman Avenue.  Tours last approximately 60 minutes and will be led by a knowledgeable member of staff.  Groups are limited to a maximum of 6 people.  Masks must be worn on the property at all time (no exceptions). At minimum, we require 24 hour notice […]

VIRTUAL Happy Hour with the Historian | Tennessee Williams in Key West

The Key West Art & Historical Society is excited to offer a series of VIRTUAL fun historical lectures entitled ‘Happy Hour with the Historian’. Historian: Cori Convertito Ph.D. Topic: Tennessee Williams in Key West Tennessee Williams was one of the most admired playwrights of the 20th century. While he wrote fiction and motion picture screenplays, […]

Tandy Talks Tennessee: A Virtual Performance and Conversation

TANDY TALKS TENNESSEE // a virtual performance & conversation featuring Tandy Cronyn and Stephen Kitsakos Actress Tandy Cronyn, daughter of legendary actors Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn, talks about her mother, her father and Tennessee Williams.  Jessica Tandy, the Tony and Oscar-winning actress, originated the role of Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire in […]

Tennessee Williams Classic Film Series | The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (2003) 114 run time The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone is a 2003 American-Irish made-for-television romantic drama film and a remake of the 1961 film of the same name based on the 1950 novel of the same title by Tennessee Williams.  The film stars Helen Mirren, Olivier Martinez, Anne […]

Tennessee Williams Plein Air Painting Contest

On Saturday, March 20, 2021, artists are invited to participate in a plein air painting contest that celebrates the legacy of Key West’s Tennessee Williams. Slightly different from previous years, artists can determine their plein air painting location so long it loosely relates to Tennessee Williams’s Key West.  That could be a theatre, one of […]

Tennessee Williams Classic Film Series | The Rose Tattoo

The Rose Tattoo (1955) 117 minute run time The movie is based on a play by Tennessee Williams, this classic drama centers on Serafina, a widowed Sicilian woman living in the American South who is left devastated by the death of her husband. Grief turns her into a recluse, however she is drawn back into […]

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