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

Location Info, click here 

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. 

Runtime: 180 minutes with a brief intermission

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 Loyola University Musical Theatre Cabaret
Friday, March 31      6:30 PM- 7:30 PM Melange Dance Company
Friday, April 7          6:30 PM- 7:30 PM Gwen Mann and Walker Larson
Friday, April 14        6:30 PM- 7:30 PM Theo of Nana Grizols

TableTalks   Saturday panel discussions before show and Sunday actor talkbacks afterward

Saturday, March 25 7:00PM
Producing Tennessee Williams in the Contemporary South
Panelists: Augustin Correro, Co-Artistic Director of the Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans
Mel. Cook, Director of SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH by Tennessee Williams
What must theatre makers do to make Tennessee Williams relevant today? Especially in the South, an area of the country experiencing constant change in the face of tradition? Here at Southern Rep Theatre we chose to shake up the expected casting of SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH in the hopes of answering these questions. Join us as we talk through what it means to present iconic work in the contemporary era.
Saturday, April 1 7:00PM
Theatre Designers Panels
Panelists: Nicole Watts, Scenic Designer; Mandi Wood, Lighting Designer; and Brendan Connelly, Sound Designer
Get behind the scenes with the design team of SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH!
Saturday, April 8 7:00PM
Tennessee Williams and the Black Man
Panelists: A Scribe Called Quess, spoken word artist and Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy, Professor and Coordinator of the English Program at Dillard University, and Hal Clark, writer, journalist, and radio personality
How are Black Men and men of color depicted in Tennessee Williams’ work? What does their presence (and absence) say about Tennessee and the relevancy of his work?
Saturday, April 15 7:00PM
Tennessee Williams and New Orleans
Panelists: Dr. Laura Hope, Head of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Loyola University and Mark Cave of the New Orleans Historic Collection
Tennessee Williams felt at home in New Orleans, it was where his sexuality could thrive in the open. What is the relationship between New Orleans and Tennessee? Did he need it to become the legend he is today?
Leslie Castay
Martin Bats Bradford
Khiry Armistead
Greg Baber
Troi Bechet
Maile Binion
Drew Cothern
Jason Dowies
Joe Fredo
Nicole Himel
Mason Joiner
Natalie Jones
Josef Pons
Gavin Robinson
David Sellers
Beverly Trask


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.