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The Playhouse Tulsa Presents "I Hate Hamlet"


On today's show, we speak with Courtneay Sanders, artistic director of The Playhouse Tulsa, which has recently begun its new season with a funny play called "I Hate Hamlet" by Paul Rudrick. The play will be staged in the Williams Theatre at the Tulsa PAC through Saturday the 14th. (For more info about this production, including ticket details, please see this link.) Sanders, who's also directing this comedy, tells us that it features not just terrific writing and great performances; it also has the quick, breezy, rapid-fire atmosphere of a classic sit-com. And as we find in this summary of "I Hate Hamlet" from the MyTicketOffice.com website: "Andrew Rally is a successful TV actor with a problem: Shakespeare's 'Hamlet.' He's agreed to play the role in New York, but he's not sure he has the chops for it. So he rents an apartment once owned by late, legendary actor John Barrymore, in hopes of finding inspiration. It arrives in due course --- in the form of Barrymore's belligerent ghost. The magic of the theater [meets] the perils of being taught by the ghost of a dead legend...." Also on this edition of ST, speaking of late, great performers...our commentator Barry Friedman gathers the separate yet interwoven remembrances of three different Tulsa-based musicians who knew or worked with the outstanding singer/songwriter/guitarist J.J. Cale, who died in late July.

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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