CLARKSDALE Miss. — An ole’ blue plastic fly swatter awaits on Panny Mayfield’s porch to reprimand any obstreperous bees straying from worrying the white magnolias or to disturb dialogue of actors presenting outdoors scenes from a Tennessee Williams play to the accompaniment of live accordion music.
Williams (1911-83) himself trod the expansive porch of this 1894 house home of his childhood friend Phil Clark. A block away is St. George’s Episcopal Church where his maternal grandfather the Rev. Walter Dakin served as rector for 16 years and where Williams lived from age 3 in the parsonage with his mother Edwina and sister Rose.