March 22 — April 16


By Tennessee Williams

Directed by Mel. Cook

Featuring Leslie Castay as Princess Kosmonopolis and Martin Bradford as Chance Wayne

Presented at Loyola University, Marquette Theatre in partnership with the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

6363 St. Charles Avenue

Southern Rep Theatre is in residence at the Loyola University Department of Theatre Arts.

Experience SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH, a decadent fever dream by Tennessee Williams


Leslie Castay stars as Princess Kosmonopolis, an aging doyenne swept up in a race against time. Fueled by booze, pills, and staggering denial, Princess places herself in the care of Chance Wayne (Martin Bats Bradford), an ambitious gigolo with less than a heart of gold and a drama of his own unfolding. 

Preview Performances ($25):
Wednesday, March 22-Thursday, March 23, 2017 8 PM
Regular Performances ($40):
Friday, March 24-Sunday, April 16, 2017
Thursdays – Saturdays at 8 PM
Sundays at 3 PM
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Friday, March 24 Opening Night – Reception to Follow!
Thursday, March 30 Pay What You Can Night – At the door only, starting one hour before curtain (tickets reserved in advance are full price)

Lagniappe Performances Fridays before the show, free and open to the public

Friday, March 24      6:30 PM- 7:30 PM TBA
Friday, March 31      6:30 PM- 7:30 PM Melange Dance Company
Friday, April 7          6:30 PM- 7:30 PM Gwen Mann
Friday, April 14        6:30 PM- 7:30 PM Theo and the Grizols

TableTalks   Saturday panel discussions before show and Sunday actor talkbacks afterward

Martin Bradford

Leslie Castay

Natalie Jones

Beverly Trask

Jason Dowies

Greg Baber

Gavin Robinson

Troi Bechet

Khiry Armstead

Drew Cothern

Joe Seibert

Josef Pons

Mason Joiner

Nicole Himel
Maile Binion


Joshua Bernard



About Tennessee Williams, Playwright

Playwright Tennessee Williams was born on March 26, 1911, in Columbus, Mississippi. After college, he moved to New Orleans, a city that would inspire much of his writing and that he considered his “spiritual home”. On March 31, 1945, his play, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, opened on Broadway and two years later A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE earned Williams his first Pulitzer Prize. Many of Williams’ plays have been adapted to film starring screen greats like Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor. Williams died in 1983.

About Mel. Cook, Director
Mel.Cook is a London-based theatre director working primarily in experiential and immersive theatre, creating autonomous narrative adventures for international audiences. Mel has worked with companies including the RSC, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Royal National Theatre, Coney, and Punchdrunk, and has directed productions for a multitude of UK houses. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (BA Acting) and the University of London Birkbeck (MFA Theatre Directing), Mel has made work for theatres, festivals, and abandoned buildings from Auckland to York, and is thrilled to be adding New Orleans to the list.

About Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
The Tennessee Williams/ New Orleans Literary Festival is an annual five-day celebration held in late March, which showcases national and regional scholars, writers, and performing artists. Programs include panel discussions, theatrical performances, a one-act play competition, a fiction contest, lectures, literary walking tours, musical performances, a bookfair, and more.

The Festival is governed by a volunteer board of directors composed of teachers, writers, book-sellers, city government personnel, corporate representatives, and television consultants. It is a 501(c)3 organization, chartered in the state of Louisiana. Funding comes from auxiliary events, fund-raising parties, corporate and individual donations, and public and private foundation donations.

Details subject to change, including cast, venue, and performance schedule. Please visit for the most up-to-date information.