'Columbus Native, American Master' on exhibit at library


Special to The Dispatch



For the fifth consecutive year, the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library presents 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 until Oct. 26. 


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 Committee, beginning in 2006.  


The growing collection is comprised of more than 100 items, both national and international, and includes movie lobby cards, posters and playbills. Items include a 1958 poster from "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and a 1948 playbill from "A Streetcar Named Desire." The posters include many recognizable faces, such as Vivian Leigh, Marlon Brando, Robert Redford, Natalie Wood and numerous others. 


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 Mona Vance at 662-329-5304.



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