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Mizzou Celebrates Playwright Tennessee Williams

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of playwright Tennessee Williams with a weekend full of lectures, panel discussions and performances.

The author of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “The Glass Menagerie” and other American classics spent part of his childhood in St. Louis and attended the university’s flagship campus in Columbia.

A three-day celebration began Friday night with a lecture by playwright Edward Albee. Tony-Award winning actress Elizabeth Ashley headlined yesterday’s events.

And today, the Missouri Contemporary Ballet will premiere a performance based on Williams’ work. The ballet is a paid performance, but all other events are free and open to the public.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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