Key West Art & Historical Society is hosting a series of events as part of the annual Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration now through March 26. (Photo Credit: Key West Art & Historical Society)

Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration Continues with Array of Arts and Cultural Events

February 28, 2023 – (Key West, FL).  Key West Art & Historical Society’s month-long Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration, which remembers the Pulitzer-prize winning literary icon with an array of arts and cultural events, begins this week with a kick-off party and fundraiser.  Williams, who first visited the island in 1941, called Key West “home” for over thirty years after he bought a quaint clapboard house on Duncan Street.

Events during the Birthday Celebration include a garden party themed fundraiser at the home of Tennessee Williams Museum founders Dennis Beaver and Bert Whitt on March 5.  Attendees will be treated to a short performance by Waterfront Playhouse actors, an open bar and heavily passed canapes.  Tickets available through

Every Monday during the month of March, from 6:30 p.m., the Tennessee Williams Monday Night Classic Film Series will be screened at the Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street.  Films include “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond,” “This Property is Condemned,” and “The Glass Menagerie.”  There will also be a free outdoor screening of “The Rose Tattoo,” which was partially filmed in Key West in the mid-1950s, on March 15 in front of the Tropic Cinema.  Film tickets available exclusively at Tropic Cinema or

Beaver will also host a series of curator tours at the Tennessee Williams Museum, each with a special theme.  He will share highlights of the filming of “The Rose Tattoo” and “The Glass Menagerie” and provide a general overview of Williams’ life in Key West.  Tickets available through

On Saturday, March 11, at 2:00 p.m., The Studios of Key West presents a special Rick Worth Painting Boot Camp celebrating Tennessee Williams.  Worth, a renowned painting instructor, will offer a specific edition of his popular class concentrating on the methodology of Williams’ own paintings.  Tickets are available through Studios or

Waterfront Playhouse is staging “Suddenly, Last Summer” for a two-night run on March 12 and March 13.  Williams’ play revolves around a young woman who, at the insistence of her wealthy aunt, is evaluated by a psychiatric doctor to receive a lobotomy after witnessing the death of her cousin Sebastian Venable while traveling with him in Spain the previous summer.  Tickets available through Waterfront Playhouse or

Thursday, March 23 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., join Fringe Theater and the Key West Art & Historical Society for a reading of Williams’ short stories and poems concentrating on his sultrier characters in a program titled “The Smoke and Sizzle of Tennessee Williams.”  Readers organized by Fringe Theater and local poet Vicki Boguszewski will share these works during a performance at The Little Jazz Room, 821 Duval Street.  Tickets available through the Key West Art & Historical Society or

Culminating the monthlong festival, the public is invited to party at the Tennessee Williams Museum celebrating what would have been Williams’ 112th birthday on March 26 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The evening, which is free to attend, will include contest award presentations, light snacks, bubbly beverages, and birthday cake.

Visit for the full schedule of events and advanced ticket purchases.  You can also contact Cori Convertito at [email protected] or 305-295-6616 x507.  The Tennessee Williams Museum, at 513 Truman Avenue, is open Thursdays to Sundays for self-guided tours 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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