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Time to do some Table Talk

 

Director Rus Blackwell, right, works with actor John Moore during rehearsal for “Sweet Bird of Youth.” Blackwell, Moore and actress Jo Ann Robinson will present a scene from the play at the Friends of the Library’s Table Talk Sept. 1 at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library.

Director Rus Blackwell, right, works with actor John Moore during rehearsal for “Sweet Bird of Youth.” Blackwell, Moore and actress Jo Ann Robinson will present a scene from the play at the Friends of the Library’s Table Talk Sept. 1 at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library. Photo by: Tanner Imes

 

 

Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library will launch its fall Table Talk series Wednesday, Sept. 1, at noon in the library meeting room, 314 Seventh St. N., with a discussion of Tennessee Williams'' play, "Sweet Bird of Youth."  

 

"We are excited by this opportunity to partner with the Tennessee Williams Tribute and Tour of Victorian Homes and know that this program will offer added insight to the play. It''s a great way to kick off the Sept. 6-12 Tribute," said Friends'' board member Jo Shumake. 

 

Rus Blackwell, director of "Sweet Bird of Youth" for the upcoming Tennessee Williams Tribute and Tour of Victorian Homes, will stage a scene from the play with principal actors John Moore ("Chance Wayne") and Jo Ann Robinson ("Princess Kosmonopolis").  

 

Following the scene, Blackwell, Moore, Robinson and stage manager Elise MacDonald will discuss the rehearsal process and answer audience questions.  

 

"If you''ve ever wondered how the written text of a play becomes living, breathing theatre, this is your chance to explore the magical process with professionals," said Shumake. 

 

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for those wishing to bring their lunch and socialize before the program begins at noon. The Friends will serve iced tea. 

 

 

 

Make a weekly date 

 

Each Wednesday in September, the Friends will host a "casual visit with books" open to the general public.  

 

"We''ve centered most of this month''s programs on Mississippi authors, and we hope that the lunch-time format will enable more people to break away from their routines and enjoy both food and food for thought," added board member Beth Imes. 

 

Other programs in September include: 

 

  • Sept. 8 -- "Read Me a Story: Favorite Books from Childhood," with panel Nina Ferrante, George Hazard and Jo Shumake, and moderator Margaret Bretz; 

     

  • Sept. 15 -- "The Seduction of Melancholy: Emerging from Malaise in the Novels of Walker Percy, with Dr. Thomas Easterling, Department of English, Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science; 

     

  • Sept. 22 -- "Richard Wright and Uncle Tom''s Children," with Dr. Kim Whitehead, Department of English, Mississippi University for Women; 

     

  • Sept. 29 -- "Previewing the Eudora Welty Writers'' Symposium (Oct. 21-23)," with Dr. Tom Richardson, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, MUW. 

     

    For more information on the fall Table Talk series, contact the Friends at book.talk@hotmail.com

     

 

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