Tennessee Williams Prytania series sheds new light on timeless classics

Mary Mac Jones, Staff Reporter

Coupled with the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, the Prytania Theater is hosting a Tennessee Williams Classic Movie Series that began on March 1 and will continue through April 8. The series began with “Suddenly Last Summer,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and “A Streetcar Named Desire.” “The Rose Tattoo” will play on March 22 and 25 followed by “Easter Parade” on March 29 and April 1 and “Ben-Hur” on April 5 and 8. Tickets to each screening cost $10 and are available at the door.

Tennessee Williams, know for being a prolific southern playwright that established himself in New Orleans, often drew from its unique qualities and culture for settings and characters. His plays, which were adapted into films with prominent actors and actresses such as Elizabeth Taylor, Vivien Leigh, Paul Newman and Marlon Brando, showcase intriguing subtleties in familial and romantic relationships that stem from the underlying and often heavily guarded true intentions of the human psyche. All of these Tennessee Williams adaptations are sure to make viewers feel a gamut of different yet equally strong emotions as the skillfully portrayed characters navigate their extremely complicated and nuanced personal lives. These plays and movies are a timeless staples and provide indisputably meaningly insight into 1930s and 1940s American society through the lens of family and romantic drama.