Here’s the festival’s tentative schedule:

9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13 – Opening in the New Roxy Theatre on Issaquena Avenue, site of a Blues Trail Marker honoring Clarksdale native Sam Cooke with welcome by Dr. Valmadge Towner, president of Coahoma Community College, Music by the CCC Concert Choir under the direction of Kelvin Towers and lecture/overview of the great plays of Tennessee Williams – Dr. Kenneth Holditch

10:30 a.m. – Haven United Methodist Church, corner of Yazoo and Martin Luther King Blvd., site of an Archives and History Marker - Welcome by Mayor Chuck Espy with church historian, Vicki Espy, providing church history as a safe meeting site during the Civil Rights Era/Dr. Aaron Henry and his Fourth Street Drug Store/future site of the North Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, voter registration drive by the Rev. Jessie Jackson.

11:00 a.m. – Messenger’s – Site of a Blues Trail Marker, one of the first businesses in the New World District. Dwayne Messenger, owner, and Henry Dorsey, retired CCC fine arts chairman who grew up in the neighborhood, will describe its rich and diverse culture in blues, jazz and ragtime music.

11:30 a.m. – First Baptist Church, Martin Luther King Blvd, site of an Archives and History Marker, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., spoke several times. Church historian Claudett Williams will detail the church’s history.

12:00 Noon – The Grange Cemetery, Sunflower Ave., burial site for Blanche and J. W. Cutrer. Actress Alice Walker will perform the death monologues of Blanche DuBois, heroine of A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. City Commissioner Ken Murphy will talk about his family’s angel monument that Tennessee “borrowed” and converted into the signature set piece for Summer and Smoke, a period drama set in Clarksdale.

Break for Lunch on Your Own:

1:30 p.m. – Walking Tour resumes outside Clarksdale Station (Paul Edwards and Issaquena) the city’s former passenger depot where Tennessee Williams, his family, and grandparents traveled between St. Louis and Clarksdale. Scenes from the play, This Property Is Condemned will be performed.

2:30 p.m. – Walking Tour travels to the lobby of the Alcazar Hotel, Third Street and Yazoo Ave., where a performance of the play The Last of My Solid Gold Watches will take place in its original  setting.

3:30 p.m. – Walking Tour travels to Carnegie Public Library on Delta Avenue where scenes from the Tennessee Williams play, Spring Storm will be performed in its original setting.

7:00 p.m. – Grande Reception at the Cutrer Mansion with music by guitarist Dave Dunavant, gourmet cuisine by The Dutch Oven and a centerpiece theatrical production by the Matt Foss actors. Guests are encouraged to come as their favorite Tennessee Williams character.


Georgia Lewis Theatre, Coahoma Community College Campus, 3240 Friars Point Road

8 a.m.   – Continental Breakfast for students and teachers

9 a.m.  – Welcome by Kappi Allen, competition director, and monologue competition begins.

10 a.m. – Scene competition begins

11:15 a.m. – Acting workshop by Karen Kohlhaas followed by announcement of winners.

12:00 – noon – Luncheon in the Gallery prepared by Chef Brennon Warr and his CCC Culinary students and hosted by Coahoma County Tourism

Festival moves to Clarksdale’s Historic District

2:00 p.m. – Welcome to St. George’s Episcopal Church by the Rev. Jason Shelby

2:30 p.m. – Scenes from Summer and Smoke will be performed in the living room of the former St. George Rectory – the play’s actual  setting.

3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Open House hosted by the Clarksdale Woman’s Club.

3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Porch plays featuring scenes from Tennessee Williams plays: 415 Court Street, 203 Court Street; 41 John Street; and 235 Clark Street.

Finale: Outside screening of a Tennessee Williams movie on the Delta Blues Museum’s oversize screen on the Melville Tillis Delta Blues Stage in Blues Alley.