Poetry, music meld in Tennessee Williams Tribute event

September 7, 2012 11:16:05 AM



One of the closing events of the six-day 11th annual Tennessee Williams Tribute will focus on the poetry of the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, who was born in Columbus in 1911. 


"'Of Roses' and other Poems" of Tennessee Williams will be offered by area students on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, 314 Seventh St. N. in Columbus. 


Through words and music, talented readers, musicians and dancers bring lively interpretations to the poet's work, explained Elizabeth Simpson, coordinator of the program which will open with the recorded voice of Williams reciting "Heavenly Grass." 


"Later, Aidan Dunkelberg will strike up a tune on his violin, while Edwina Williams (alias Mother Goose) and Sidney Caradine II (alias Captain Sid) waltz. The name of the tune? Let Aidan's own perfect choice be a surprise and a delight," Simpson said. 


Two of the readers are guitarists.  


"Unless you have heard angels sing you are unlikely ever to hear a lovelier rendition of 'Sugar in the Cane' than the one sung by Kelsey Collins. Lt. Lucas Richardson, a student pilot at Columbus Air Force Base, has also promised to bring his guitar to the party," Simpson shared. 


Kessler Brown and Kathryn Hintz, together with Abby Hathorn, tell a short story by Tennessee Williams about a red dress, and Cody McClanahan will read Williams' "Of Roses." Ladies in the audience will receive a special treat.  


The event is free to the public and is wheelchair-accessible via elevator. 


For information about other weekend Tribute events, including Sunday's Tour of Victorian Homes, go to muw/edu/tennesseewilliams, or call 662-328-2787 or 662-328-0222.