May 7, 2009...
Tennessee Williams is arguably America's greatest playwright. Two of his plays won Pulizter Prizes -- A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. But many consider The Glass Menagerie to be his masterpiece. It follows the tragic Wingfield family: an overbearing single mother, her slightly crippled daughter, and the son who feels both obligated and burdened by his family. He works in a warehouse, but aspires to be a writer. Their story parallels Williams own upbringing, according to Auburn University acting ssociate graduate school dean George Crandell, who spoke with WBHM's Tanya Ott.
The Glass Menagerie runs through next weekend at Birmingham's Virginia Samford Theatre.
UAB's Theatre Department will soon celebrate its 40th anniversary. But the program just passed another milestone. It's now accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre--or NAST. To find out what that means, WBHM's Bradley George spoke with department chairman Will York.
The UAB Theatre Department's new season kicks off in September, with a festival of ten minute plays.
Bridging the gap between rock and classical music -- and for something a bit out of the ordinary -- the Alabama Symphony plays the music of Led Zeppelin Saturday night at Sloss Furnaces. Meaghan Heinrich is Education Manager with the ASO.
WBHM's Michael Krall produced our audio postcard.
And now, we celebrate Mothers. Ask any experienced mother and she can mark the passage for you. The baby needs you. The toddler loves you unconditionally. The elementary school kid enjoys hanging out with you. Then, they hit the "tweens" and everything changes, says commentator Nanci Olesen.
Commentator Nanci Olesen blogs about motherhood. Her latest blog is about losing her younger sister to brain cancer.
What's left after someone dies? Photographs - and phone messages. The reality of death hits hardest when the loved one no longer calls you on the phone. Every 100 days, radio producer Dmae Roberts saves the phone messages her mother left while going through cancer treatment. She says it's a living memorial...
Radio producer Dmae Roberts tells stories about her family and other families.
Tapestry is produced by Bradley George, Tanya Ott and Michael Krall, with commentary this week from Nanci Olesen and Dmae Roberts. Next week on the program, Shades Valley Theatre Academy takes the show on the road - to Scotland! I'm Greg Bass, and we'll see you next week.
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