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Tennessee Williams

 
Date Of Birth:
March 26, 1911
Date Of Death:
February 25, 1983 (71)
Birth Place:
Columbus, MS, USA
Bio:
One of America's greatest playwrights and certainly the greatest ever from the South, Tennessee Williams wrote fiction and motion picture screenplays, but he is acclaimed primarily for his plays, nearly all of which are set in the South, but which at their best rise above regionalism to approach ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: March 26, 1911
Date of Death: February 25, 1983 (71)

Birth Place: Columbus, MS, USA

Bio:
One of America's greatest playwrights and certainly the greatest ever from the South, Tennessee Williams wrote fiction and motion picture screenplays, but he is acclaimed primarily for his plays, nearly all of which are set in the South, but which at their best rise above regionalism to approach ... (read complete bio)

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Tennessee Williams Biography

One of America's greatest playwrights and certainly the greatest ever from the South, Tennessee Williams wrote fiction and motion picture screenplays, but he is acclaimed primarily for his plays, nearly all of which are set in the South, but which at their best rise above regionalism to approach universal themes. Tennessee Williams drew heavily on his family experiences in his writings. When The Glass Menagerie hit Broadway in 1945, it not only changed Tennessee Williams' life, it revolutionized American theatre. A Streetcar Named Desire, The Night of the Iguana and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof are some of his other masterpieces. Among his many awards, Williams won two Pulitzer Prizes and four New York Drama Critics Circle Awards. In addition to 25 full-length plays, Williams produced dozens of short plays and screenplays, two novels, a novella, 60 short stories, more than 100 poem and an autobiography. His works have been translated into at least 27 languages, and countless productions of his work have been staged around the world.

Tennessee Williams Awards and Nominations

 
Olivier Awards - 2003 - Best Revival
Tennessee WilliamsA Streetcar Named Desire
 
Tony Awards - 1999 - Best Play
Tennessee Williams, Not About Nightingales
 
Olivier Awards - 1995 - Best Revival of a Play or Comedy
Tennessee WilliamsSweet Bird Of Youth
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1962 - Best American Play Gold Star
Tennessee Williams, The Night of the Iguana
 
Tony Awards - 1962 - Best Play
Tennessee Williams, The Night of the Iguana
 
Evening Standard Awards - 1958 - Best Play Gold Star
Tennessee WilliamsCat on a Hot Tin Roof
 
Tony Awards - 1956 - Best Play
Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1955 - Best American Play Gold Star
Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
 
The Pulitzer Prize - 1955 - The Pulitzer Prize for Drama Gold Star
Tennessee Williams, Cat on A Hot Tin Roof
 
Tony Awards - 1951 - Best Play Gold Star
Tennessee Williams, The Rose Tattoo
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1948 - Best American Play Gold Star
Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1945 - Best American Play Gold Star
Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie

Tennessee Williams News

The Big Funk Company Presents Joanna Pickering's THE ENDGAME in Paris Photo The Big Funk Company Presents Joanna Pickering's THE ENDGAME in Paris
by Stephi Wild - Nov 30, 2022

The Endgame, a new play written by Joanna Pickering, is on the roster for The Big Funk Company (American Theatre in Paris) for their American Friday play reading evening on December 2nd, at Le Pave D’Orsay in Paris. 

The Actors Studio to Host Three Special 75th Anniversary Events in December Photo The Actors Studio to Host Three Special 75th Anniversary Events in December
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 28, 2022

Starting this week, The Actors Studio will continue its 75th Anniversary celebration as the world’s most celebrated and influential membership association for professional actors, directors and playwrights. In December, the legendary studio will open its doors to the public for with three special events, each free and open to the public.

LEAVES by Victor Vauban Jr. to be Presented at Teatro LATEA in December Photo LEAVES by Victor Vauban Jr. to be Presented at Teatro LATEA in December
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 23, 2022

'LEAVES‚ÄĚ by Victor Vauban Jr. will be presented at¬†Teatro LATEA Nov.30th, Dec. 2nd & 4th. The primary themes of this play include assimilation, colorism, the importance of family and mental health.

Royal Exchange Theatre Announces Spring/Summer 2023 Season Photo Royal Exchange Theatre Announces Spring/Summer 2023 Season
by Stephi Wild - Nov 22, 2022

Artistic Directors Roy Alexander Weise and Bryony Shanahan are working in collaboration with some of the industry’s most ground-breaking artists and companies from across the world. Writers Marieke Hardy (Sydney) and Kimber Lee (New York) will both see their plays premiere at the Exchange as part of this season.

The Actors Studio Hosts Three Special 75th Anniversary Events This December Photo The Actors Studio Hosts Three Special 75th Anniversary Events This December
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 21, 2022

This December, The Actors Studio continues its 75th Anniversary celebration as the world's most celebrated and influential membership association for professional actors, directors and playwrights. The legendary studio, located at 432 West 44th Street, will open its doors to the public for with three special events, each free and open to the public.

Eisemann Center Presents CHRISTMAS WITH C.S. LEWIS Next Month Photo Eisemann Center Presents CHRISTMAS WITH C.S. LEWIS Next Month
by Stephi Wild - Nov 18, 2022

Celebrate the holiday season with C.S. Lewis! Acclaimed performer Gregory Williams Welsch brings the iconic author to life onstage at Charles W. Eisemann Center's Hill Performance Hall this December.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Merchant's House to Stream On Demand Photo A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Merchant's House to Stream On Demand
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 17, 2022

This December, as Summoners Ensemble Theatre’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL AT THE MERCHANT’S HOUSE resumes long-anticipated live performances for its 10th holiday season, they will once again offer performances virtually!

Alison Fraser to Lead STRANGER INTERLUDES Industry Reading at Boundless Theater Photo Alison Fraser to Lead STRANGER INTERLUDES Industry Reading at Boundless Theater
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 16, 2022

Boundless Theater announced has that Stranger Interludes, a new play by David James Parr, will receive an industry reading on Friday, November 18th at The Dramatists Guild Foundation, directed by Amanda Bearse (‚ÄúMarried‚Ķ with Children‚ÄĚ, Billy Eichner‚Äôs Bros).

Ensemble Studio Theatre Announces 2022/23 Youngblood Members Photo Ensemble Studio Theatre Announces 2022/23 Youngblood Members
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 16, 2022

Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood program has announced new members for the 2022-2023 season: Lyndsey Bourne, K'yana Faulkner-Smith, Renae Jarrett, kl, Charlie Oh, Holly Settoon, Danny Tejera, and Susan Yassky.

Blessed Unrest's CHASING THE TIDES, OR EXPOSURE Comes to Theaterlab Photo Blessed Unrest's CHASING THE TIDES, OR EXPOSURE Comes to Theaterlab
by Stephi Wild - Nov 15, 2022

The award-winning theatre company Blessed Unrest is proud to present the world premiere of Chasing the Tides, or Exposure, a devised solo show exploring how women deal with secrets and expectations that are imposed on them.

Tennessee Williams Videos

PLAY OF THE DAY! Today's Play: THE ROSE TATTOO By Tennessee Williams Videoplay
PLAY OF THE DAY! Today's Play: THE ROSE TATTOO By Tennessee Williams

by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 2, 2020

During this time when productions all over the world have been put on pause, we are coming together to celebrate plays that have left their mark on theater history. This week we will be focusing on the plays of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Tennessee Williams. Today's play, The Rose Tattoo! 

Video Flashback: Hilarious One-Liners From Elaine Stritch Videoplay
Video Flashback: Hilarious One-Liners From Elaine Stritch

by Stage Tube - Mar 29, 2020

In an interview with 92Y, the one and only Elaine Stritch had some hilarious one-liners, that made the audience laugh and cheer.

VIDEO: Tom Hanks Honors Sally Field at the 42ND ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS Videoplay
VIDEO: Tom Hanks Honors Sally Field at the 42ND ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS

by Stage Tube - Dec 16, 2019

2014 Kennedy Center Honoree Tom Hanks takes a moment to share his appreciation for 2019 Kennedy Center Honoree Sally Field.

BWW TV: A Year in Review- Relive the Plays of 2019! Videoplay
BWW TV: A Year in Review- Relive the Plays of 2019!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 29, 2019

From Shakespeare to Shepard, Tennessee Williams to Arthur Miller, Broadway was brought to life this year with not only revivals of today's classics, but with new plays that will surely be tomorrow's classics. A whopping 20 plays opened in 2019. Before we get wrapped up in the theatre season ahead, BroadwayWorld wants to stop and salute the shows that made this year great. Check out our 2019 wrap up below!

BWW TV: Watch Marisa Tomei & More in New Highlights from THE ROSE TATTOO on Broadway Videoplay
BWW TV: Watch Marisa Tomei & More in New Highlights from THE ROSE TATTOO on Broadway

by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 18, 2019

Roundabout Theatre Company's new Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' Tony Award-winning play The Rose Tattoo, directed by Trip Cullman, is entering its final weeks of performances, The play will conclude its limited engagement on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at the American Airlines Theatre (227 W 42nd St.).

BWW TV: Marisa Tomei & Company Celebrate Opening Night of THE ROSE TATTOO Videoplay
BWW TV: Marisa Tomei & Company Celebrate Opening Night of THE ROSE TATTOO

by TV - Opening Night Special - Oct 19, 2019

Roundabout Theatre Company's new Broadway production of The Rose Tattoo officially opened earlier this week, on October 15, 2019, at the American Airlines Theatre.

Photo Coverage: THE ROSE TATTOO Company Celebrates Opening Night! Videoplay
Photo Coverage: THE ROSE TATTOO Company Celebrates Opening Night!

by Linda Lenzi - Oct 16, 2019

Roundabout Theatre Company's new Broadway production of The Rose Tattoo officially opened last night, October 15, 2019, at the American Airlines Theatre. 

BWW TV: Watch Highlights of Marisa Tomei and More in THE ROSE TATTOO on Broadway! Videoplay
BWW TV: Watch Highlights of Marisa Tomei and More in THE ROSE TATTOO on Broadway!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 15, 2019

Roundabout Theatre Company's new Broadway production of The Rose Tattoo officially opens tonight, October 15, 2019, at the American Airlines Theatre. Check out highlights of the cast in action below!

Tennessee Williams and His Army of Emotionally Distraught Women Videoplay
Tennessee Williams and His Army of Emotionally Distraught Women

by Julie Musbach - Oct 15, 2019

If there's one thing Tennessee Williams is known for, it's the emotional suffering he forces upon his characters. In honor of The Rose Tattoo's Broadway revival, we're looking back at some of his most distressed leading ladies.

A History of the Life and Works of Tennessee Williams Videoplay
A History of the Life and Works of Tennessee Williams

by Nicole Rosky - Oct 15, 2019

In 1945, a daring new play brought a brilliant young writer to national attention, and, in his own words, 'changed [his] life irrevocably' when it first premiered on Broadway. The play was The Glass Menagerie and the playwright was Tennessee Williams. More than seventy years later, Williams's plays continue captivate and overwhelm audiences around the world.


Tennessee Williams Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Tennessee Williams written?
Tennessee Williams has written 35 shows including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Playwright), You Touched Me (Playwright), Summer and Smoke (Playwright), Orpheus Descending (Lyricist), Garden District (Playwright), Sweet Bird of Youth (Playwright), I Rise in Flames, Cried the Phoenix (Playwright), The Purification (Playwright), Period of Adjustment (Playwright), The Night of the Iguana (Playwright), The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore (Playwright), The Rose Tattoo (Playwright), The Seven Descents of Myrtle (Playwright), In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel (Playwright), Camino Real (Playwright), Out Cry (Playwright), Battle of Angels (Playwright), Serafina (Source Material), Summer and Smoke (Playwright), Vieux Carre (Playwright), Clothes for a Summer Hotel (Playwright), Ten by Tennessee (Playwright), Kingdom of Earth (Playwright), The Red Devil Battery Sign (Playwright), Not About Nightingales (Playwright), Tennessee Williams Remembered (Author), Something Cloudy, Something Clear (Playwright), Five By Tenn (Playwright), The Glass Menagerie (Playwright), A Streetcar Named Desire (Playwright), Suddenly Last Summer (Playwright), The Eccentricities Of A Nightingale (Playwright), The Two-Character Play (Playwright), 2 By Tennessee Williams (Playwright), Talisman Roses (Playwright).

What awards has Tennessee Williams been nominated for?
Best Revival (Olivier Awards) for A Streetcar Named Desire , Best Play (Tony Awards) for Not About Nightingales , Best Revival of a Play or Comedy (Olivier Awards) for Sweet Bird Of Youth , Best American Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for The Night of the Iguana , Best Play (Tony Awards) for The Night of the Iguana , Best Play (Evening Standard Awards) for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof , Best Play (Tony Awards) for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof , Best American Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof , The Pulitzer Prize for Drama (The Pulitzer Prize) for Cat on A Hot Tin Roof , Best Play (Tony Awards) for The Rose Tattoo Best American Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for A Streetcar Named Desire and Best American Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for The Glass Menagerie .

What awards has Tennessee Williams won?
Best American Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for The Night of the Iguana, Best Play (Evening Standard Awards) for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Best American Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Pulitzer Prize for Drama (The Pulitzer Prize) for Cat on A Hot Tin Roof , Best Play (Tony Awards) for The Rose Tattoo Best American Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for A Streetcar Named Desireand Best American Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for The Glass Menagerie.