Tennessee Williams would have turned 99 years old on March 26th of this year. We’ve told you about the Unknown Tennessee Williams Festival, March 11 to March 27th. Now we have word of a SECOND Tennessee Williams festival, this one free. Tenn 99 will be a nonstop, 24/7 marathon celebration of the works of Tennessee Williams. The event will run day and night, all weekend long at The Cherry Lane Theater’s ‘Cherry Pit’ beginning Friday afternoon, March 26th and concluding Sunday evening, March 28th. Admission will be free.
LAByrinth Theater Company will stage readings of as many of Tennessee Williams’ work as possible, as the announcement has it, “back to back, from start to finish â€“ on the occasion of his 99th birthday; including plays, screenplays, adaptations, essays, personal letters and interviews. Audience participation is strongly encouraged: show up at any time during the event and sign up to read, or just find a seat and listen.”
In addition: “Attendees will listen to theater legends recount their glorious experiences working with Tennessee Williams during the Sunday Brunch Event, be able to compete in the “STELLA!” scream-off on the shore of the Hudson River, or just enjoy food, drink, raffles, contests, souvenirs and giveaways. TENN 99 will inspire all as LAB celebrates the greatness of Tennessee Williams. ”
â€œSpeaking strictly for myself, if it hadn’t been for Tennessee Williams, I’d probably still be a bike messenger.â€co-Artistic Director Stephen Adly Guirgis
A partial list of participants includes: Leslie Bibb, Ellen Burstyn, Bobby Cannavale, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jesse L. Martin, Ana Ortiz, Sam Rockwell, John Patrick Shanley, Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Yul VÃ¡zquez (all subject to continuing availability). The complete roster of participating celebrity guests and Company Members will be announced shortly.