Tennessee Williams Key West
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
KEY WEST EXHIBIT,Inc.
513 Truman Ave. near Duval St.
Key West, FL 33040
Open Monday - Saturday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday from 12 until 5 p.m.
Phone: 305-842-1666
Admission: Free - Donations Accepted
Not-for-Profit Organization
Contact: Dennis Beaver, Producer



Tennessee Williams

 

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS MARCH 2016 BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
A GREAT SUCCESS

LEGACY MEMBERSHIP PARTY
Wednesday, March 2 – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Home of Dennis Beaver and Bert Whitt
1207 Whitehead Street – Hors d’oeuvres and Open Bar
Entertainment by Bobby Nesbitt and Carmen Rodriquez

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS MONDAY NIGHT
CLASSIC FILM SERIES AND FILM FORUM
Featuring three acclaimed Williams' Films and a Film Forum

March 7-6:00 p.m. – THE ROMAN SPRING OF MRS. STONE
Starring:  Vivien Leigh, Warren Beatty, Jill St. John
March 14–6:00 p.m. – THE FUGITIVE KIND
Starring: Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani, Joanne Woodward        
March 21–6:00 p.m. – SUMMER AND SMOKE
 Starring:  Laurence Harvey, Geraldine Page, Rita Moreno
March 28: 5:30 p.m. Champagne Reception
March 28–6:00 p.m. FILM FORUM, Tropic Cinema
Films and Forum at the Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street
Tickets will be available at the
Tropic Cinema

SHORT STORY WRITING CONTEST(new)
March 5:  Registration and Submission Deadline
Writers are asked to submit a short story of 1500 to 4000 words
Publication in on-line journal possible

Click Here for Application Form
For more information about the Contests Click Here
Click Here for Winner Announcment

POETRY CONTEST
March 17:  Registration and Submission deadline
Poetry Theme: Tennessee Williams, The Painter
Click here to read winning poems
For more information about the Contests Click Here
Click Here for Winner Announcment


PLEIN AIR PAINTING CONTEST
Two categories: Professional and Recreational
March 17: Registration Deadline
March 19 – 9:00 a.m. to Noon:   Painting Event
Subject:  Waterfront Playhouse, Mallory Square, 310 Wall St.
Winning painting will be front cover of the 2016-2017 Playbill
.
Click Here for Application Form
For more information about the Contests Click Here
Click Here for Winner Announcment

EXHIBIT OF PLEIN AIR PAINTINGS
March 20 - 31, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tennessee Williams Center, 513 Truman Ave.

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS LETTERS, LIVE!
March 13, 8:00 p.m. at The Studios of Key West, 533  Eaton St. 
Based on the popular “Letters Live” performance series in which correspondence “deserving a wider audience” are read live.
Williams’ letters of note include correspondence with some of the most famous people of the day as well as his more intimate letters.  This performance will provide intriguing insight into the emotional and artistic rollercoaster that plagued the writer for most of his life.
Developed and directed by Rebecca Tomlinson.
Tickets are be available through
The Studios of Key West

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS:  THE PAINTER
A discussion led by Curators Cori Convertito, Key West Art and Historical Society, and Dennis Beaver, Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit, followed by a pre-opening VIP tour of the Custom House exhibit of original paintings by Tennessee Williams.
March 16, Noon, Custom House Museum, 281 Front St.
Lunch afterwards at the Westin with 20% discount for attendees.

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS PAINTING EXHIBIT
An opening reception for the new, permanent exhibit of original paintings by Tennessee Williams.  Cori Convertito, Curator, Key West Art and Historical Society, and Dennis Beaver, Curator, Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit, will be available to chat with guests. 
March 17, 5:30 – 7:30  p.m., Custom House Museum, 281 Front St.

BIRTHDAY RECEPTION AND AWARD PRESENTATIONS
Wine, Hors d’oeuvres, and Birthday Cake
Tennessee Williams Center
, 513 Truman Ave. 
March 26 -- 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.,
For more Information
Click HERE

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS FILM FORUM
Topic: "Everything in his life is in his plays
and everything in his plays is in his life,(continued)"Elia Kazan
Discussion led by film critic, Shirrel Rhoades
March 28 2016
5:30 p.m. Champagne Reception
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.- Forum
Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton St.
Tickets will be available at the Tropic Cinema

 

 

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS MARCH 2015 BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
A GREAT SUCCESS

Sold out films based on Williams' plays shown at the Tropic Cinema and Rebecca Tomlinson's highly acclaimed production of "Tennessee's Rose" launched the 2015 month-long Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration. Poetry and painting contests produced outstanding works that earned talented winners certificates, ribbons, and cash prizes at the Birthday Reception on March 26. Shirrel Rhoades' informative and provocative Film Forum brought this year's celebration to a highly successful close. Plans are being finalized for the 2016 celebration. Sponsorships will be available for each event. Requests for information about benefits of sponsorship and availability can be made to exhibit@twkw.org.

LINE-UP OF CELEBRATION ACTIVITIES

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS MONDAY NIGHT
CLASSIC FILM SERIES
Featuring five acclaimed Williams' Films
March 2-5:30 p.m. Opening Reception
March 2-6:00 p.m. THE GLASS MENAGERIE
March 9–6:00 p.m. SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH
March 16–6:00 p.m. SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER
March 23–6:00 p.m. BABY DOLL
March 29–2:00 p.m. FILM FORUM
March 30–6:00 p.m. THIS PROPERTY IS CONDEMNED
Films were shown at the Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street

MEMBERSHIP PARTY
March 5 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Rose Williams House (Home of Kenny Weschler)
915 Von Phister Street - Hors d’oeuvres by Iron Chefs - Open Bar

POETRY CONTEST
Poetry Theme: Relationship with Williams and his muse and sister, Rose,
or that of Tom and Laura in the play and film THE GLASS MENAGERIE

1st Place:  Elizabeth Hull; 2nd Place:  Bud Navero; 3rd Place: Sarah Key; winners read their poems to an appreciative group of attendees

PLEIN-AIR PAINTING CONTEST
Two Categories: Professional and Recreational Artists
Subject: The Rose Williams House
915 Von Phister Street
Winners: Professional, 1st place:  Kathleen Husted; 2nd Place: Marcus Lundell:  3rd Place: Lothar Speer; Recreational, 1st Place:  Roger Moyle; 2nd Place: Joanne Sloan; 3rd Place:  Joan cox

EXHIBIT OF PLEIN AIR PAINTINGS
March 22 - 31, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tennessee Williams Center
513 Truman Avenue

TENNESSEE'S ROSE
Staged Reading
Drawn from plays, letters, and Journals this unique presentation will explore the love, loss, and loyalty of the famous playwright and his sister and muse Rose.
Developed and directed by Rebecca Tomlinson.
Featuring Mark Watson, Connie Hurst, Susannah Wells, & Neal Ruchman
March 15, 8:00 p.m. NEW LOCATION Key West Theatre - 512 Eaton Street

A great hit with full house.  It can be viewed on YouTube at https://youtu.be/89J9ErTb6Mo

BIRTHDAY RECEPTION AND AWARD PRESENTATIONS
March 26 -- 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Wine, Hors d’oeuvres, and Birthday Cake
Ten Dollar Donation Suggested

Tennessee Williams Center
513 Truman Avenue
For more Information Click HERE

A full house enjoyed champagne, birthday cake, poems and art.

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS FILM FORUM
Topic: "Everything in his life is in his plays
and everything in his plays is in his life,"Elia Kazan
Discussion led by film critic, Shirrel Rhoades
March 29, 2015
1:30 p.m. Champagne Reception
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Discussion
Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street
Discussion successfully led by Film Critic, Shirrel Rhoades, with enthusiastic audience


TENNESSEE WILLIAMS MARCH 2014 BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
A GREAT SUCCESS

Reception
The lavish Birthday Celebration held on March 26 at the Exhibit location and the second showing by popular demand of The Rose Tattoo at the Tropic Cinema on March 31 brought to a close the month-long Tennessee Williams March Birthday Celebration.  Approximately one hundred people attended the birthday party hosted by Dennis Beaver, Exhibit Producer, and board members.  Those attending enjoyed champagne, wine, and a delicious offering of canapes. To see photos of party (Click here). 

The highlight of the event was the announcement of the winners of the Poetry Contest and reading of the winning poems and the announcement of the winners of the Artists' Challenge and the display of the contestants' paintings.
This year's contests were in honor of the 1955 Key West filming of Williams' play, "The Rose Tattoo," and its premier at the local San Carlos Institute. The poetry entrants were asked to incorporate some element of the film or filming in the content of their poems. The artists were given the challenge of painting the San Carlos Institute on Duval Street and to incorporate some element of the film or premier in their paintings. 

Poetry Contest
The first-place winner of the poetry contest was Danielle Sellers with her poem "Albert Cruz (1901-1974) and The Rose Tattoo."  Click to Read. The poem's content is about her grandfather and his observation of the filming of The Rose Tattoo in Key West in 1955.  The second place winner was C. S. Gilbert with her poem entitled "Anna Magnani in the Rose Tattoo." Click to Read. The adult poet looks back on her first, teenage impression of Anna Magnani and The Rose Tattoo and shares what she has learned since then.

Artists' Challenge
The pastel colored, oil on canvas painting of the San Carlos Institute won first place for R. M. Walter.  The painting aptly titled  "Rose Over San Carlos" (click to view) depicts a cloud in the shape of a rose hovering over the building.   Fran Decker won second place with her acrylic on canvas entitled "Night of Rose Tattoo Debut." (click to view) She used strong colors to depict a night scene with people on the balcony of the building attending the first Key West showing of the film.  A poster on an easel at the building entrance promotes the film with its title and a large red rose.

Classic Movie Series
The four films shown as part of the Tropic Cinema's classic series included The Rose Tattoo, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A street Car Named Desire, and Night of the Iguana.  They were all sold out.  Hosts were Craig Wanous and Dennis Beaver.