Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 30, 1974 · Page 88
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 88

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 30, 1974
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4 Big D' stage for new works By William Glover DALLAS, TEX. lAP)- Most drama troupes do one or two .new plays a year. Of course; 7 most drama troupes aren't ;in Texas. Arid at the Dallas Theater Center, some kind of record for professional grassroots creativity has now been set w i t h a display of eight works--every one written by company members just to add emphasis to the achievement. "In order to grow a forest^says center director l.|tf|iker, "you have to p'iam|trees. In order to de- ve\ijf. a theater, you have to nurture and support new plays. Far apart in style and subject as in quality and future prospect, the scripts attest there's no monopoly on imaginative stagecraft in New York. Los Angeles, London and similar traditional centers. "The most i m p o r t a n t thing about it all is that it is being done," commented one visiting showman. In an intensive two-plays-.a-day schedule, the works that previously had extended runs lor season subscribers were reprised for an assemblage frbra-afar off agents, established authoris arid critics. Bak'er, whose calm mien conceals a powerful i n f l u - cnGe/Spoaall members of die ^year-old DTC, likes to ta Ik'fkb'SM t " this most impor- tani||yient".as a result of ::.spK||j|trange and marvel- ou^pcTJemy." .i,|^^|s heading the cen- l|rjl|aiter is also boss of the ·"'drfljiii Department at Trini- l.$JpJHversity in San;Antonio. ' " it's a n interlocking setup that-contributes to the energetic record maintained at the elegant Dallas theater designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. By no coincidence, all of the budding authors on display were tutored in play- writing by Gene McKinney, who has been with Baker ?7 years. Because of this year's . impetus, McKinney how.has about 25 more apprentice offerings to screen for a possible follow-up New Play Mar- ket later. Ironically, the two plays generating the greatest visitor interest were written because the man assigned to assembling this exhibit 18 months ago was unhappy about a lack of Texas locales in submitted scripts. So Preston Jones, 37, of Albuquerque, N. M., decided to do something about it. The results were "Lu Ann Hampton Laverty Oberlander," which traces its heroine from girlhood through disenchanted middle years; and "The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia," about the break-up of a club slightly right of the Ku- Klux Klan. Both take place in a small town, with overlapping characters. He has now completed a locale trilogy, "The Oldest Living Graduate." The group is to be given unified presentation at the DTC next year. Most elaborately produced of all were "Jack Ruby, All- American Boy," by John Logan, 34. of Houston, and Baker; and a rock musical of "A M i d s u m m e r - N i g h t ' s Dream." jointly composed by Randolph Tallman, 34, Shreveport, La:,-and Steven Mackenroth, 33, Boulder, Colo., who also plays a cigar-smoking Puck. It is already set for subsequent display. - c The play about Jack Ruby, who gunned down President Kennedy's alleged assassin, is~ a multimedia experience which locally serves also as a kind of exorcism of conv munity conscience. The company's director explains .that he had felt that "as artists we .have some day to make a statement.;"!;..-., .-.. The f o u r other pieces range far from Southwest reality and Elizabethan, fantasy to the remote bounda^ ries of the avant-garde. Among them are' 'Getting to Know the Natives," by Daniel Turner .26,pfSheybogan, Wis.. who says: "Mostly it's ""a therapeutic experience, '. now I'm getting to talk more about other people." It concerns an : ex-01ympic star who spends his lite mostly in a bathtub with an eccentric wile and a weird neighbor couple. "Dear Luger," by Kerry Newcpmb. 26, of Arlington, attempts a black Joe Orton comedy about a Hitlerish bully who hides in a bunker with his mistress as an aide brings food and news from a cannonading outer world. "Curious in LA," by Glenn Allen Smith, 39, who hails from California's Imperial Valley, concerns a kooky family trapped by mayhem and greed. The final work, "Fuse." is by Sally Netzel, 37, from Wittenberg, Wis., exploring science-survival crisis in a strange, ritualistic setting. Several of the plays were extensively rewritten during their runs--one of the main Baker purposes. About 140 members of the DTC ensemble were involved in multiple assignments for the display- writers performed, actors directed and specialists on 'CINEMA 21 liw.7KI5-9:15 ·CINETM SOUTH OtHt Eastwood MOI$OffN:15 irt8:30 ALBAN NhliiiK2;15 lYe.MS-1-15 VIRGINIAN 705 Lee Street/343-1125 ADVENTURE BEYOND BELIEF! ^ SeeitALLmthe\ Miracle of HeU S* At 100,3:55, Ow! 5:45,7:45,9:45 collateral projects designed', acted, wrote or directed. Drama, as well as ranches and oil rigs, is bidding for attention deep in the heart of Texas. VALLEY MHVt-N ST. AllAIIS NOW SHOWING TN PUMTOMPS" "BCAK _ nMETOFAKS "COMNiST OfPlMRffAKS" ... all it takes is a little Confidence. PAUL /ROBERT EWMAN REDFORD ROBERT SHAW "THE ST/NG" 2:10-4:50-7:15-130 from tht ptopte whe givt you "Tht Jazz Sbigw" 1:45-3:30.5:30-7:30.9:20 KEARSE :)U.YWW(B ENJOY TH! HOLIDAYS - WITHU5- ILL Wat Will WEDNESDAY MY 3ID. (IMTRKWOIKS MSnATNU4Mi ·OCKEIS-SALUTIS AtlCMMm AILTWUNK MM! MANSION! 1008Quarts. 3460041 I Q W[ ||S Mfflown Theatre TUNIS 2:10-4:C 47:30-1:201 CAPITOL TMES 2:13-4:007:30*9:15 iv. *y RATED ADULT ACTION FILMS 21 and over DOUBLE FEATURE PROGRAM Show Changes Each Wednesday ^ L U N t h r u l l O O F M COUNTRY COMEDY COMBO OF THE YEAR! ALBERT!. VKXAS 3:30 6:30j 9:251 THE JCLAUDINE i COLOR NOW SHOWING X-RATED-ADUlTSONLYl Union Projectioninsts_ MJERTT VttAS, OUR.I Set At 2:05 5:05 8:00 STATE TIMES 17:17.9:151 '2NDW« VILLAGE TIMES 7:00-9:301 6TM1 two young girls j OWENS Drive in trapped with no escape' THEM LIFE IS A BALL I es to M« fl.C Hor Paramount Pictures pma* A Rim tv LWM Gilbert Paul and Michelle Panavison"- In Color Pnnti by Mo«« of the TRAIL DRIVE-IN Manyofhisfeiow officers considered Nm the most dangerous man stive-art honest cop. * PARAMOUNT MUASE ,«NO M LAUTCNTHS presents AL PACING Color bvTECHNCOLOH' A Paramount Release R 'l -j | .Wir.-... ilu; I , :·. '· · n ELKVKW DRIVE IN HARRY NOVAK presents /* U! 0XHMSS THEY TAUGHT MORE THAN THEY LEARNED! I-J==»~-«I I COLOR I I HARRY NOVAK PRESENTS Starring COLOR! DIXIE DONOVAN · JOHNNY ROCCO Walnut Grove Drive In "SMCIALTY HOUSE" (X) "FANNY HILL MEETS RID BARON" (X) Marrnet Theatre "WHERE THE RED FERN GROWN" "HILLBILLY'S IN THE HAUNTED HOUSE" tat Office Opms 2:15 NKTNI SHOWTIME, June 30,1974 ..- . ., . . · · i - j : j \ . } CHARL ESTON;W. VA.

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