April 16, 2009...
The war zones of the world have created millions of refugees, some of whom come to America. In the little town of Clarkston, Georgia, about 15 miles east of Atlanta, you'll find scores of resettled refugee families. A few years ago, an American-educated woman from Jordan started a soccer team with the children of these families. New York Times reporter Warren St. John wrote articles about the team and the town, and now he's written a book called Outcasts United -- about a season with the Fugees and the transformation of a small Southern town.
Birmingham native Warren St. John is the author of Outcasts United, A Refugee Team, an American Town. Coach Luma Mufleh will appear at the Alys Stephens Center Thursday evening, April 23rd.
Saturday, Warren St. John joins more than 50 novelists, poets, illustrators and playwrights on the grounds of Old Alabama Town in Montgomery. It's the fourth annual Alabama Book Festival a smorgasbord for book lovers like Judith Boice -- a naturopathic physician, acupuncturist, writer and mother of twin boys.
Many children have imaginary friends, but what happens when those friends carry over into adulthood? Oh, and let's say that friend is a six and a half foot tall rabbit. This is the dilemma faced by Elwood P. Dowd, the central character in Harvey, a play by Mary Chase. Written in 1944, it's best known by it's film adaptation starring Jimmy Stewart. A production of the play closes this weekend at South City Theatre in Alabaster. It's directed by Dianne Daniels and features actress Kathy Scruggs. They spoke with WBHM's Bradley George about the challenge and humor of working with a six and a half foot tall rabbit in the room.
"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde". The names are easy code to describe two separate entities in the same body. Their story comes to the Magic City this weekend as the Virginia Samford Theatre's STARS program tangos with the talented doctor and his alter ego. Reporter Nat Bonner has more.
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott, Bradley George and Michael Krall with help this week from Nat Bonner. Next week, an in-your-ear examination of Talk Radio, from playwright Eric Bogosian. If you've got a story idea for Tapestry, drop us an e-mail. I'm Greg Bass, and we'll see you next week.