Tennessee Williams

Legendary playwright Thomas “Tennessee” Williams, whose classic cinema converted plays include A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, shares a significant link to Memphis. After stints at the universities of Missouri and Iowa, Williams moved in with his grandparents at their home in Memphis, where he was a member of an amateur summer theater group. It is here where he wrote one of his first plays, Cairo, Shanghai, Bombay! It was first performed at a residence at 1780 Glenview, also in Memphis, by “The Rose Arbor Players.” Williams died in 1983 at the age of 71 in New York City.

1917 Snowden
William’s grandparents home where he lived while staying in Memphis. 1917 Snowden Ave
1780 Glenview Ave
1780 Glenview Ave. Location where the first performance of “Cairo, Shanghai, Bombay!” took place.