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Library presents “Tennessee Williams: Columbus Native, American Master” as part of Tribute


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For the third year in a row, the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library will present an exhibit in conjunction with the Tennessee Williams Tribute and Tour of Victorian Homes. The exhibit, titled "Tennessee Williams: Columbus Native, American Master," displays an eclectic assortment of posters, playbills, and promotional materials, some of which are even signed by some of the most accomplished and renowned legends of the stage and screen. The exhibit will run only through the month of September. 


Archivist Mona K. Vance said, "The library is thrilled to once again provide the public the opportunity to view such an important and unique collection of both an American playwright and Columbus son." 


The display utilizes materials collected by Joe Bonelli, former Mississippi Public Broadcasting announcer, and donated to the Billups-Garth Archives at the library by the Tennessee Williams Tribute and Tour of Victorian Homes beginning in 2006. The growing collection comprises of over 100 items, both national and international, and includes movie lobby cards, posters and playbills. Several items include a 1958 poster from "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and a 1948 playbill from "A Streetcar Named Desire."  


The posters also include many recognizable faces such as Vivian Leigh, Marlon Brando, Robert Redford, Natalie Wood and numerous others. 


Last years exhibit titled "Religion, Romance, and Rebellion: The Plays of Tennessee Williams" explored how the cast of characters Williams created in his plays all suffered from a conflict over their values versus those of conventional morality.  


The exhibit features both original and facsimiles of Tennessee Williams materials. The facsimiles were made by Chris Jenkins, Assistant Director with the Public Affairs Office at Mississippi University for Women. 


The exhibit is free and open to the public during normal library operating hours. 


For more information, contact Vance at 662-329-5304. 




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