C1 Director of New Work Ilana Brownstein headed down to New Orleans in advance of the Boston opening of Tennessee Williams’ Green Eyes, and brought back this photo journal of Williams-associated landmarks. (All photos are by Ilana Brownstein and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.)
Tennessee Williams was a great lover of food and drink, and the French Quarter provided him prodigious opportunities to indulge. One could spend weeks in New Orleans simply following a tour of TW’s culinary haunts. (The book Dinner with Tennessee is a good start, for those who would be interested in such a gluttonous endeavor). True Williams gourmands can read his oeuvre for hints of his appetite — many of his favorite dishes and drinks crop up in his plays, even those set far from his home. In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel has one character ordering a French 75, to the confusion of the bartender.
The slideshow images include: TW’s favorite corner table at Galatoire’s, “the grand dame of New Orleans’ old-line restaurants,” where his favorite dish was trout meuniere; the Royal Court of the Two Sisters, where he waited tables; Arnaud’s, where he favored the spicy remoulade and French 75s; and of course, the Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone, where he imbibed Vieux Carre cocktails as the bar slowly rotated in the center of the room.