'Stella' contestants shout it out for Tennessee Williams festival

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Posted on March 23, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 23 at 6:20 PM

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NEW ORLEANS -- Playwright and author Tennesee Williams' words won him accolades and international acclaim.  But Sunday afternoon in Jackson Square, it was all about just one: "Stella!"

The annual Stanley & Stella Shouting Contest, the finale to the 28th annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, drew 25 loud contestants to Jackson Square - men, women and children.

The festival - and the contest - pays tribute to Williams, who called New Orleans home for many years and considered it his spiritual home and inspiration.  He set his famous "A Streetcar Named Desire" in the city.

Celebrity judges for Sunday's contest included actress Diane Ladd, a cousin of Williams' and speaker at the literary festival; as well as "Young & The Restless" actress Judith Chapman, who performed her one woman show "Vivien," about Vivien Leigh, at the festival.

The "Stell-off" winner was Eric Cusimano of Old Metairie.  He is the first one seen in the video.

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