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Theatre Tulsa @ 90

On this edition of ST, we're talking about the past, present, and future of Theatre Tulsa, one of the oldest arts organizations in the state. Established in 1922, Theatre Tulsa is actually the oldest community theatre west of the Mississippi River. Over the years, it's brought hundreds of productions to the people of Tulsa. It premiered the first-ever community theatre productions of "Our Town" in 1939, "All My Sons" in 1947, and "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" in 1993. The nonprofit company is turning 90 this year --- and while it's clearly seen both good times and hard times throughout its long history, Theatre Tulsa now looks forward to an exciting new season that will soon get underway with "The Odd Couple," Neil Simon’s classic comedy (which will run from August 31st through September 8th at the Liddy Doenges Theatre in the Tulsa PAC). Our guests on today's show, Sara Phoenix and Sally Barnes, are both affiliated with Theatre Tulsa; Phoenix is its present, and Barnes has been a volunteer manager at the organization for the past 20 years. They also tell us about a 90th Anniversary Party that Theatre Tulsa will be hosting on August 30th at 6:30pm at the Harwelden Mansion here in Tulsa. (More information on all of the above can be found here.) Also on today's program, Abby Wendle, an audio producer at This Land Press, offers an engaging piece about the Dust Bowl entitled "The Perfect Storm."

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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