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15th Annual Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival

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In a grand finale porch play, Oxford actors Alice Walker and Johnny McPhail portray legendary characters Maggie the Cat and Big Daddy from the Tennessee Williams play, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

In a luncheon talk at the Cutrer Mansion, Tennessee Williams scholar Kenneth Holditch of New Orleans talks about the influence of Clarksdale on America ’s great playwright.

A panel of historians from St. George’s Episcopal Church: Grace Clark, Stella Salmon, Marguerite Bouldin, and Louise McGee discuss the church history and the personality of the Rev. Walter Dakin, grandfather of Tennessee Williams. 

Culinary Team

Under the direction of Chef Robert Rhymes (far right), the culinary students at Coahoma Community College prepare a gourmet reception for more than 150 guests at the home of Tami and Dr. Mike Barr, the former Governor Earl Brewer mansion. CCC’s men’s ensemble under the direction of Kelvin Towers entertained with barber-shop and soul music followed by performances by acclaimed bluesman Charlie Musselwhite, and monologues by Hernando High School students.

 

Welcoming Gordon Walters and his son from British Columbia to St. George’s Episcopal Church for an organ recital during the Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival are students from St. George’s Day School distributing flyers detailing the church’s 100-year-old history. The students assisted members of the Women’s Club serving lemonade and cookies to guests during porch plays in the historic district.

 

Actor Jeff Glickman of Pensacola’s Little Theatre performs the memorable monologue by Tom Wingfield from The Glass Menagerie on the lawn of the Tom Ross residence in Clarksdale’s historic district. The Ross front porch hosted the unveiling of the U.S. Tennessee Williams postage stamp in 1995.

Congratulating St. George’s Episcopal Church organist David A. Williamson (left) on his recital during the Williams Festival are (from left) BBC producer Carmel Lonergan; the Rev. Deacon Bo Keeler; and Broadway stars Tammy Grimes and Joel Vig.

 

Representing Jackson’s Power Performing Arts School, Cymore Vance recreates her
Female award-winning Stella shouting’ contest performance at the festival finale inside Clarksdale Station.

 

 

 
The Tennessee Williams Festival is sponsored by Coahoma Community College