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Stella Shout Out New Orleans Tennessee Williams Festival 2009

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Published on Apr 2, 2009

Each spring for 23 years, Tennessee Williams afficiendos have been converging upon New Orleans for a week of theater, literature, history, panels and seminars, all centering on the writer most closely associated with New Orleans. But for the past 12 years the grand finale of the festival has been the Stella Shout Out contest.

The Stella Shout Out puts contestants in the role of Stanley Kowalski famously played by Marlon Brando in Tennessee William's classic play and celebrated film, "A Streetcar Named Desire." The climatic scene in the story takes place on a French Quarter street in New Orleans as Stanley yells hopelessly for Stella to take him back despite in mistakes. Contestants are allowed to bellow three "Stellas" and the results can be dramatic or hysterical.

The Stella Shout Out has become one of the most anticipated events in New Orleans each spring and this year was no exception. A crowd of several hundred gathered to watch the Stanleys crying out to their Stellas on the cobblestone street below the balcony of the Pantalba apartments, the oldest and still one of the most prestigious apartment buildings in the country.

This video includes appearances by:

Ellen Johnson, New Orleans Tennessee Williams Festival, Media Communications Director

Matt Payne, winner, Stella Shout Out, 2009 New Orleans Tennessee Williams Festival

Charles Pumilla, contestant, Stella Shout Out, 2009 New Orleans Tennessee Williams Festival

Keith Marszalek, contestant, Stella Shout Out, 2009 New Orleans Tennessee Williams Festival

Damien Kenshin, contestant, Stella Shout Out, 2009 New Orleans Tennessee Williams Festival

Justine Scalise, contestant, Stella Shout Out, 2009 New Orleans Tennessee Williams Festival

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