"Tennessee Williams had extremely complex relationships with his family and friends,” Jennifer B. Lee, Exhibition Curator for the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, said. “The material in this exhibition, which reflects a depth and breadth reached after many years of collecting, gives significant insight into these relationships and how they served as the inspiration behind his plays, poetry, short stories, and paintings."
The exhibit, currently in the Kempner Gallery in the Rare Books and Manuscript Library, will run until July 1, 2011 and include two special events. On April 18, at 6pm in Butler Library, room 523, a panel discussion moderated by Williams’ editor Thomas Keith on “The Late Plays of Tennessee Williams” will feature notable Williams’ scholars Annette Saddick and David Savran, Travis Chamberlain, director of the New York City premiere of “Green Eyes,” and director and curator of the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, David Kaplan. On May 2, at 6pm, John Lahr, senior drama critic for The New Yorker, will give a lecture on “Tennessee Williams and the Out-Crying Heart,” exploring the origins of Williams’ dramatic voice and how it changed over the course of his career. Both events are free and open to the public.
“This Is: Tennessee Williams & Friends” is open to the public during all RBML hours of operation. All non-Columbia University visitors will need to bring a valid government-issued photo ID for entry to Butler Library through the Library Information Office, just inside the front door. For entry on Monday evenings after 6pm, please have the Butler Door Guard call the RBML Reference Desk, 212-854-5590.