The Tennessee Williams Tribute of Columbus celebrates the legacy of America’s Greatest Playwright in the town where he was born.
In 2001, our founder, Brenda Caradine, began this annual commemoration by staging Williams’ classic play The Glass Menagerie. In the years that followed, she singlehandedly produced many of his works, promoted new scholarship and took Columbus’ productions to Provincetown, Mass. to be included in the preeminent theater festival devoted to his work.
Scores of local actors have enjoyed the rare opportunity to perform iconic roles in incredible plays – from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof to A Streetcar Named Desire. Through Mrs. Caradine’s friendships over the years, she has brought rare artifacts from Williams’ personal life back to his birthplace in Columbus, including the Poet’s Laurel Wreath, which rested upon his chest at his funeral, and an Episcopal priest’s cross worn by his beloved grandfather. These items can be viewed in the home where Williams lived as an infant, now occupied by the Columbus Visitor’s Center.
TWT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to perpetuate Mrs. Caradine’s heartfelt love of literature and live drama for future generations of Columbus residents. Through Williams’ work, we celebrate the authentic Southern voice that continues to influence writers and artists around the globe.
Our faithful supporters and sponsors include the Columbus Arts Council, the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Mississippi University for Women, the Mississippi Humanities Council and generous benefactors from around the Golden Triangle Region.
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