Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration

Annual Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration

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 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.

For more information on the annual Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration, email Dennis Beaver, curator of the Tennessee Williams Museum.

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(Eingeschränkte Rechte für bestimmte redaktionelle Kunden in Deutschland. Limited rights for specific editorial clients in Germany.) TENNESSEE WILLIAMS (1911-1983). American playwright. Photographed in 1950. Hamburg, Hotel Atlantic (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

Tennessee's Rose: A Staged Reading
Performed at the 2015 Festival

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