Tribute, tours expected to draw large numbers

The Commercial Dispatch
September 9, 2009
www.cdispatch.com

This year’s Tennessee Williams Tribute and Tour of Victorian homes is expected to draw a large crowd, according to event organizer Brenda Caradine.

The event began Monday with performances of Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

“We’ve had people already from Scotland and Florida, who flew in last night to see the play,” noted Caradine, who also said she has met patrons from Alabama, Colorodo, New York and Massachusetts already.

“We’re expecting quite a crowd this year,” she said. “The tickets at the library are already sold out.”

One-act plays will be performed at the library this week, and those who did not get a ticket to the library events need not worry. There are plenty of events with tickets available at the Columbus Arts Council, 501 Main St., during business hours. Tickets also can be purchased at the door for most events, with the exception of catered events. Those tickets must be reserved in advance.

Brochures with a full schedule of events are available at the Tennessee Williams Welcome Center, at 300 Main St., 662-328-0222, seven days a week.

The event is held annually as a tribute to the famed playwright. Caradine reminds Williams fans, many of this year’s events are offered free of charge, and home tours are being held throughout the week.

A brief look at the week’s events and how to get involved follows:

Monday through Thursday, Sept. 7-10

‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ — Second Line Productions presents Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” in Rent Auditorium in Whitfield Hall on the Mississippi University for Women campus at 7:30 p.m. nightly. The cast is comprised of professional actors from across the country, and includes Columbus’ Brook Hanemann in the role of “Blanche Dubois.” Film and stage actor Rus Blackwell directs. Tickets are $15 ($10 for seniors and military personnel; $5 for students with I.D.). Purchase tickets at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., or at the door. For ticket information, contact the RAC at 662-328-2787.

Monday through Sunday, Sept. 7-13

Tennessee Williams Tribute — The Tennessee Williams Tribute and Tour of Victorian Homes offers theatrical presentations, movies, lectures, tours, exhibits and more, including “An Evening with Olympia Dukakis” Sept. 12 in Whitfield Hall’s Rent Auditorium on the Mississippi University for Women campus. For complete event information, visit http://www.muw.edu/tennesseewilliams/, or contact the Tennessee Williams Welcome Center at 662-328-0222, or 800-327-2686. Event tickets are available at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St.

Friday, Sept. 11

TWT bus tours — The Tennessee Williams Tribute and Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation offer free bus tours of the historic district from 10 a.m.-noon with guides Nancy Carpenter and Steve Pieschel. Tours embark from the Puckett House on the MUW campus; seating is based on availability. For information, contact the Welcome Center at 662-328-0222.

TWT scholar lectures — The Tennessee Williams Tribute presents free and informative scholar lectures from 2-4 p.m. in Carrier Chapel on the Mississippi University for Women campus. Speakers are Dr. Serena Haygood Blount and Dr. Michael Smith. For information, visit http://www.muw.edu/tennesseewillliams/ or call 662-328-0222.

‘Dog Enchanted by the Divine View’ — A visiting production of Tennessee Williams’ “The Dog Enchanted by the Divine View” takes place in the second-floor meeting room of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library at 7 p.m.. A film screening of Williams’ “The Rose Tattoo” follows, with audience discussion led by Williams scholar Dr. Colby Kullman. Tickets are $15 ($10 seniors and military personnel), at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., or at the door.

Friday, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 12

Breakfast with the Scholars — The Tennessee Williams Tribute and Main Street Columbus present a free Breakfast with the Scholars from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Puckett House on the Mississippi University for Women campus, at 11th Street South between College Street and Third Avenue South. For information on all TWT events, visit http://www.muw.edu/tennesseewilliams/, or call the Welcome Center at 662-328-0222.

Saturday, Sept. 12

TWT scholars lectures,/i> — Dr. Robert West and Dr. Kenneth Holditch present free lectures on topics related to Tennessee Williams from 10 a.m.-noon in Carrier Chapel on the Mississippi University for Women campus. Lectures are open to the public.

TWT theatrical productions — Mississippi University for Women theater students present scenes from “The Glass Menagerie” at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library at 2 p.m., followed by a visiting production of “The Dog Enchanted by the Divine View.” Tickets are $15 ($10 seniors and military personnel) at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., or at the door.

‘An Evening with Olympia Dukakis’ — The Tennessee Williams Tribute and Tour of Victorian Homes presents “An Evening with Olympia Dukakis” in Whitfield Hall’s Rent Auditorium on the Mississippi University for Women campus at 7:30 p.m. A Moon Lake Party with Ms. Dukakis follows in the Thad and Rose Cochran Building on campus. Tickets to the Rent Auditorium event are $25 ($20 seniors and military personnel; $10 students with I.D.), at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., or at the door. Moon Lake Autograph Party tickets are $50. For more ticket information, contact the arts council at 662-328-2787.

Sunday, Sept. 13

‘Rose Tattoo’ sermon — As part of the Tennessee Williams Tribute, the Very Rev. James Carlyle presents a sermon focused on Williams’ “The Rose Tattoo” at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 318 College St., at 10:30 a.m.

TWT Tour of Victorian Homes — Three of Columbus’ Victorian-era homes and the Tennessee Williams Welcome Center will be open for tour from 2-5 p.m. Also view the Mary Stewart Hamilton Ezell photograph collection at the Welcome Center and enjoy free historic district bus tours from the Center at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Home tour tickets are $15 in advance at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., or at the Welcome Center on Sept. 13, from 1-3:30 p.m.

‘The Glass Menagerie’ — Mississippi University for Women theater students will present scenes from Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagarie” from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Omnova Theater in the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Tickets are $10 ($5 for students with I.D.) at the door or in advance at the arts center.

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