Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: September 6-13, 2015

 

Celebrate the 14th Annual Tennessee Williams Tribute & Tour of Victorian Homes, Columbus, MS

 

The little house at 300 Main Street, in which Thomas Lanier Williams (aka Tennessee Williams) and his sister Rose spent their early years, is now the Welcome Center.  It holds unique Williams’ treasures, including family photographs and original artifacts.

 

Tennessee Williams Childhood Home Welcome Center, Columbus, Mississippi

 

Columbus, Mississippi, July 2, 2015 - Celebrate the annual Tennessee Williams Festival in the birthplace of America’s world-famous playwright, Columbus, MS, September 6-13, 2015.

 

Fame and fortune pursued Tennessee Williams but it all began here.  Family photographs and precious heirlooms are proudly displayed in his first home, now the Welcome Center at 300 Main Street in Columbus, MS.


For theatre-goers, his play “Suddenly Last Summer” becomes a study of power and betrayal, performed with spine-chilling bravura by Broadway stars Brenda Currin and Beth Bartley with a regional cast directed by Augustin J. Correro. 

During the week-long celebration of the life and times of Tennessee Williams, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, free seminars led by eminent Williams’ scholars will focus on his many plays and films.  The Tennessee Williams Scholar’s Medallion will be awarded at an elegant luncheon on Friday.  Thursday evening, the Moon Lake Party presents “Truman Talks Tennessee”, by writer/actor Joel Vig who raises dinner theatre to new heights of hilarity and rollicking wit. 


Friday’s winner of the “Stella” Shouting Contest snags the coveted Stella Trophy, then dinner and a carriage ride to the theatre.  On Saturday, the fourth annual 5K “Streetcar” Run offers more prizes. In St Paul’s Episcopal Church, where the playwright was christened, the play is the theme of Sunday’s sermon. Later Sunday, readings of his poetry include an excerpt from a newly-discovered short story by Tennessee Williams. Tours of gracious Victorian homes complete the festivities.

 

Admission: For the play: Adults $15, Seniors & Military $10, Students & Teachers $5. MUW students & faculty, free

 

Locations:

 

Suddenly Last Summer
September 6, 8, 9, 11, 12
Whitfield Hall, Mississippi University for Women
1100 College Street, Columbus, Mississippi
 
 
Streetcar Run 5k
September 12
8:00 a.m.
Tennessee Williams Home
300 Main Street, Columbus, Mississippi
 
 
Stella Shouting Contest
September 11
5:30 p.m.
Hosted by Hollyhocks
204 5th Street South, Columbus, Mississippi

 

Web: www.muw.edu/tennesseewilliams, Phone: (662) 328-2787

 

 

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Brenda Caradine

Email: sbcaradine@cableone.net

Phone: (662) 574-4275

 

Tennessee Williams Tribute & Tour

305 7th Street South, Columbus, Mississippi, 39701

Web: www.muw.edu/tennesseewilliams

 

 

CALENDAR LISTING:

Event Name: 14th Annual Tennessee Williams Tribute & Tour of Victorian Homes

Event Date: September 6-13, 2015

Event Location: Columbus, Mississippi

Admission: For The Play: Adults $15, Seniors & Military $10, Students & Teachers $5. Muw Students & Faculty Free

Web: www.muw.edu/tennesseewilliams

Contact: Brenda Caradine, sbcaradine@cableone.net, (662) 574-4275

Description: Celebrate the annual Tennessee Williams Festival in the birthplace of America’s world-famous playwright, Columbus, MS, September 6-13, 2015. Fame and fortune pursued Tennessee Williams but it all began here.  Family photographs and precious heirlooms are proudly displayed in his first home, now the Welcome Center at 300 Main Street in Columbus, MS.

 


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