The Courier-Journal from Louisville, Kentucky on July 13, 1975 · Page 117
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Sunday, July 13, 1975
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eij e tfcnmr-Sournai & Times Drama Movies Art Music TV-Radio Travel SUNDAY, JULY 13, 1975 V rt SECTION y Whafs going on Sandra Severini clowns with the circus here July 25, 26, 27. The circus is coining to town on July 25 THE 104TH EDITION of the Ringling Bros, and Barnum & Bailey Circus will arrive at Freedom Hall July 25 for a three-day stand. Performances will be at 8 p.m. July 25; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. July 26; 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. July 27. All seats are reserved; tickets are available at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center1 box office. . Chamber Orchestra in Summerscene THE LOUISVILLE Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Jay Fish-man, will play three concerts this week under sponsorship of the Mayor's Summerscene program. The schedule: ; Today, 3:304:30 p.m., Maryhurst School, 2214 Bank Street; Wednesday, 12:15-1:15 p.m., St. Joseph Infirmary, 735 Eastern Parkway; Saturday, 3-4 p.m., Flaget Field, 45th and Greenwood; and 6:30-7:30 p.m., Sheppard Square-College Court, 740-E S. Hancock. Cincinnati groups ; will visit Berea .THE CINCINNATI SYMPHONY . and the Cincinnati Ballet will give . four performances tomorrow and Tuesday on the Berea College v Quadrangle. (Photo, Page H-10.) The ballet company, under artistic ; director David McLain, will give a demonstration at 12:15 p.m. tomorrow. At 6 tomorrow evening the orchestra, conducted by Carmon DeLeone, will present a joint performance with the ballet. An orchestra concert for children will be at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday. The final performance, featuring the orchestra and singer Gwen Conley in a pops concert, will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Pre-schoolers, students and senior citizens will be admitted free. Tickets for others will be available at the performances. Michelle Patterson is concertmaster and first violinist with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, appearing on the Bicentennial Barge. 1U Opera Theatre's Bicentennial Barge docks here this week 'Little Night Music', "A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC," with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler, will be presented by the IU Opera Theatre at 8 p.m.' Friday and Saturday in the Musical Arts Center, Bloomington. "A Little Night Music," which ran for 601 performances in New York, brought Sondheim his third Tony Award in a row in 1973 as composer-author of the best music and lyrics of the season in a Broadway musical. He . also won the award for "Company" in 1971 and "Follies" in 1972. The musical, with a title borrowed from one of Mozart's serenades, is based on Ingmar Bergman's celebrated film, "Smiles of a Summer Night." Koss Allen is stage director for the IU production, Robert Stoll musical director, Harold Mack set designer. Tickets are on sale at the Musical Arts Center box office. THE PENNSYLVANIA '76 Bicentennial Barge, on its way from Pittsburgh to St. Louis with an orchestra, vocal soloists and a choral group, will stop in Louisville this week, arriving Wednesday and remaining through next Sunday. Replicas of a flatboat and a Conestoga wagon will be exhibited aboard. A free performance of patriotic music will be given at 8:30 Thursday evening on the vessel by the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony and the Renaissance City Singers, also from Pittsburgh. A fireworks show will top off the program. Before coming to Louisville, the barge will visit Cincinnati today and tomorrow, and Madison, Ind., tomorrow, Tuesday and Wednesday. Other cities along the Ohio where the boat will dock include Tell City, Ind., next Sunday through July 22; Owensboro, Ky., July 22-24; Evansville, Ind., July 24-28; and Paducah, Ky., July 28-31. NeMlMin-Ainerican Heritage Weekend THE LATIN-AMERICAN Heritage Weekend, fourth in a series of ethnic festivals coordinated by the Louisville Bicentennial Committee this summer, will take place Saturday and next Sunday, 1 to 9 p.m. each day, on the Riverfront Plaza. All events in next weekend's festival, which is sponsored by Philip Morris, Inc., are free to the public. There is a charge for food, however. Three Mexican groups from the Smithsonian Institution's American Folklife Tour will perform during the weekend: Los Erandi, a six-member family ensemble from the Mexican state of Michoacan; Mari-achi Tamazula de Virginio Udavi, a ; nine-piece instrumental group that plays traditional mariachi music; and Duo Martinez, a dance team from Mexico City. Singer and guitarist Dogomar Cabrera from Uruguay will also perform. Among other events will be a Latin-American fashion show, and a piniata party for children at 9 p.m. next Sunday. Arts and crafts from 21 Latin-American countries will be on display. Among the foods served will be pastclitos de qucso and pastelitos de guayaba (turnovers of cheese and guayaba fruit), empanadas de carne (meat pastry), arroz con polio (rice with chicken), tamales and various desserts. Embroidery will be demonstrated on Latin-American weekend. a f 1 -: I . r ... A V if SsvX 41 'Ryan s Hope' is the hope of its Kentucky creator, too By JAMES DOUSSARD Courier-Journal Television Critic Mrs. Claire Labine, who used to be Claire Wood of Anchorage, is co-creator, co-executive producer and co-head writer, with Paul Avila Mayer, of a new ABC daytime TV drama, "Ryan's Hope." The "Ryan's Hope" family consists of these actors: From the left, Malcolm Groome (as Pat Ryan), Ilene Kristen (Delia Reid Ryan), Michael Hawkins (Frank), Kate Mulgrew (Mary); seated, Helen Gallagher (Maeve) and Bernard Barrow (as Johnny Ryan, who operates a bar and restaurant in the ABC-Channel 32 daytime dramatic series which premiered last week). The "program is televised Mondays through Fridays at I p.m. (EDT). HOW do you create a soap opera? How can two people co-create and co-write one? Those are but two of many questions Claire Vaughan Labine, a 1951 graduate of Louisville's Sacred Heart Academy, answered the other evening by phone from the Brooklyn, N.Y., brownstone where she lives and co-writes ABC's new daytime drama, "Ryan's Hope" (1 p.m. EDT Mondays through Fridays). Mrs. Labine, the former Claire Wood of Anchorage, teams with Paul Avila Mayer. They wrote dialogue for CBS's "Where the Heart Is," later became its head writers while developing the ABC project. In September 1973 they became head writers for "Love of Life." They have resigned from those jobs, now that "Ryan's Hope" is a reality. , : OUR PHONE CONVERSATION went '.' like this: Q. How about starting with the title? A. The Ryans are one of three families around whom the stories revolve. "Ryan's Hope" is an attitude, a frame of mind that is not particularly Johnny Ryan, his '" wife, Maere, or any one of his five children. Instead, it is an attitude or philosophy of people who have chosen to cele-i brate the human condition rather than endure it. It took us a long time to come upon that phrase alone. Q. How long have you been working on this? A. When "Where the Heart Is" was cancelled in 1973, our agent got us in contact with ABC. We had a couple of meetings and they said, "Hey, fellas, would you like to develop us a serial caled 'City Hospital'?" And we said, "Not very much, thank you, but we'll think about it." So, we liked the "city" part a lot, and we came back with a big-city serial. So, they gave us what they call a development fee to sit down and work with an idea and to come up with a thing called the canvas, the basic characters and the situations in which they find themselves when the story begins. Plus, you write a projected long story, six months to a year. So you have the beginning of a show right there. In serials, you don't do pilots. You do bibles, or presentations. That was what we were hired to do. This does not mean that they are going to buy it, You just get paid for developing it. - In August of 1973 we said we would like to write this bible, and the very next day CBS offered us the head writership of "Love of Life," an old, old show that had been on 22 years, I think. At that See RYAN'S ' PAGE 6, Col. 1, this section py.Mt'wiiMM'vt'"1'1' Lul u! . iJ Y 7 '(Nll '-'us I A'v Fairbanks: Retiree, actor, businessman . i f !!r 0 , V I , -T r nTTTHT-iriiinnr By WILLIAM CLOVER Associated Press Associated Press In Douglas Fairbanks Jr. his dressing room at the Kennedy Center DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS JR. keeps getting involved. "I have infinite curiosity and more energy than I need," says the theater's veteran envoy-at-large to the high circles of society, diplomacy and business. He insists, however, that there has been some tapering off of the action imperative since announcing "virtual retirement" a dozen years ago. "Oh, hell," he said then, "what am I trying to prove? I've been very lucky, more than I deserve so why isn't it time to ease off?" The old get-up-and-go surfaced again during a recent visit in Washington, D.C. His scheduled six-week appearance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Noel Coward's "Present Laughter" provided such an audience grabber that the run was extended to 10 weeks. Besides setting a house record, it was, to the best of the jaunty performer's memory, his longest stopover in one place. During the visit Fairbanks also signed on as co-chairperson with Mrs. Gerald Ford of a sound-and-light project for the Capitol. The $10 million plan wald provide a .nightly historic pageant similar to those which have become major tourist lures at many European shrines. On the international scene, with offices in New York, Hollywood and London, Fairbanks continues active with a dozen director or consultant connections to corporations, foundations, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Rambagh Palace Hotel in Jaipur, India. Keeping track of the details of each involvement is entrusted to a private secretariat. Tactful charm and long association with celebrities including England's Elizabeth II and American presidents do much to explain why his services are widely sought. COWARD, a close friend for years, originally suggested that Fairbanks do "Present Laughter," but the actor resisted, remembering an acerbic Clifton Webb rendition. "Noel was furious with how he changed the play," Fairbanks learned. After the playwright's death several revised scripts were found among his papers, and from them a Kennedy production ultimately evolved. Fairbanks would like to flex histrionic ability in other than such high comedy roles, "but I haven't found anyone to share my enthusiasm for a serious part." He has never trod the boards in his native New York City. "I started there a couple of times but something always intervened. I don't think I would go now unless it were S special sort of thing, with an all-star cast for six or eight weeks, to make a big splash." , Similar wariness prevails about any more motion pictures. He appeared in 75 films, some of which he wrote or produced, between the ages of 14 and 52. "I'd like to produce one now if everything were made easy," runs his reasoning. "If someone put X dollars on a plate and said, 'Go ahead, we believe in you.' But nobody does that anymore and the complications and compromises that are involved are too great ... I wouldn't mind doing a small part in someone else's show, if the people involved were interesting and it were an amusing setup." Fairbanks controls most of the movies made by his father, and contemplates "little by little" releasing them anew or assembling a ' highlights cavalcade. "I have a chap looking into it." All of his own films, "except for three duds that no one ever wants to see," are owned by others. INSIDE LIVELY ARTS Art .-Pages 12, 13 Motion Pictures 2 Music 9-11 Records 5 Stage 3, 4 Television-Radio 6-8 Travel 14, 15

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