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The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival: March 25 to 29, 2015 

The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary FestivalSoon entering its third decade and principally located in the French Quarter's historic Hotel Monteleone, the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival annually celebrates the playwright, his works and life in the adopted city he called his "spiritual home." Beginning in 1986 as a small tribute to Williams, the Festival has expanded into a multi-day gala of master classes, lively panels, celebrity interviews, play competitions, performances and Vieux Carre' tours. The 2015 version from March 25 to 29, 2015, is destined to become the most ambitious in the Festival's history. Organizers of The Southern Literary Trail are honored to add the 2015 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival officially to the Trailfest calendar.

A complete schedule of events and Festival details, including ticket purchase information, is available at www.tennesseewilliams.net. Announced speakers include author John Lahr, film director John Waters and actor Keir Dullea. Lahr has recently published the biography "Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh." The first drama critic to win a Tony Award for co-authoring "Elaine Stritch at Liberty" in 2002, Lahr also authored "Prick Up Your Ears: the Biography of Joe Orton." Keir Dullea is best known for his role as Commander Dave Bowman in Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968) followed by other film and Broadway roles including Brick in a revival of "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof" (1974) opposite Elizabeth Ashley. John Waters is a popular social commentator and film director whose "Hairspray" (1988) in its stage adaptation became the Tony-winning Best Musical on Broadway for 2003. A frequent Trail guest performer and speaker, Joel Vig was one of the original stars of "Hairspray" on Broadway and also a vocalist on its Grammy Award winning cast album.

  John Lahr (photo, TW/NOLA Literary Festival)
John Lahr 
(photo, TW/NOLA Literary Festival)
  John Waters (photo, TW/NOLA Literary Festival)
John Waters 
(photo, TW/NOLA Literary Festival)
  Keir Dullea (photo, TW/NOLA Literary Festival)
Keir Dullea
(photo, TW/NOLA Literary Festival)
  Joel Vig
Joel Vig
"Truman Talks Tennessee"
 

Following an appearance in Mobile, Alabama, on Saturday, March 14, 2015, for the Southern Literary Trail (the Eugene Walter Porch Play at the Cox Deasy Cottage), Joel Vig will present his solo show "TRUMAN TALKS TENNESSEE" on the final day of the New Orleans Festival, Sunday, March 29, 2015, at 1 p.m. in the Hotel Monteleone where Truman Capote claims to have been conceived. From Capote’s chatty perspective, the show examines a friendship between the author of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and the playwright of "A Streetcar Named Desire." Call the Festival at 1.504.581.1144 for more details.

  Hotel Monteleone (photo, TW/NOLA Literary Festival)
 Hotel Monteleone
(photo, TW/NOLA Literary Festival)
  Tennessee Williams, right, with Artist Andy Warhol (press photo)
Tennessee Williams, right, with Artist Andy Warhol (press photo)