The 24th annual Tennessee Williams Literary Festival is under way. The Festival is comprised of a series of events; from “master classes,” with an impressive roster of literary professionals, to whimsical events like cocktail competitions and the “Stella!” shouting competition.
This evening’s highlight will be the festival Opening Night Gala at Le Petit Theatre: “Williams in His Own Words.” The legendary actress Lois Smith (who has had a long and distinguished career, but you might recognize her most recently from HBO’s True Blood, in which she payed Sookie Stackhouse’s grandmother) will be there ruminating. Also, in attendance will be John Patrick Shanley, the Pulitzer Prize Winning playwright of Doubt. He also directed the film version, and won an Academy Award for the screenplay for Moonstruck. 6:30.