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Sweet tornado : Margo Jones and the American theater

Author: Kay CattarullaRob TranchinA Dean BellRaphael ParryJudith IveyAll authors
Publisher: Dallas, TX : North Texas Public Broadcasting, Inc. and Kay Cattarulla ; Dallas/Ft. Worth : KERA, ©2006.
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Margo Jones was one of the major innovators and visionaries in American theater history. She founded Theatre '47 (the name changed with every year) in Dallas, a non-profit professional theater that was the first of its kind in the country, and ran it until her untimely death in 1955. It provided the model for the resident theater movement of the 1960s and '70s that transformed the American stage. She was a crucial  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical television programs
Biographical television programs
Documentary television programs
Biography
History
Named Person: Margo Jones; Margo Jones
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Kay Cattarulla; Rob Tranchin; A Dean Bell; Raphael Parry; Judith Ivey; Richard Thomas; Marcia Gay Harden; North Texas Public Broadcasting (Firm); KERA Dallas/Ft. Worth (Television station); American Public Television.
ISBN: 1931603014 9781931603010
OCLC Number: 71304884
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Notes: Originally produced in 2005.
Special features: Interview with Judith Ivey (10 min.); Albert Devlin on Tennessee Williams (12 min.); Tour of Margo's theater (4 min.); Dallas in the Forties and Fifties (8 min.); "Inherit the Wind" (6 min.); Backstage at Margo's theater (8 min.); Margo and the Resident Theater Movement (7 min.); Remembering Margo (4 min.); Creating a scene (7 min.); Prayer meeting day (4 min.); On the set (5 min.).
Credits: Theater sequences: director, A. Dean Bell ; producer, Raphael Parry ; production design, Robert Winn ; Film: director of photography, Richard Connors ; editors, Ginny Martin, M.B. Boehm ; music by Mason Daring and Billy Novick ; consultants, Albert R. Devlin, Julia Dyer, Patricia E. Hill, Katherine Owens, Helen Sheehy, Marshall Terry.
Cast: Judith Ivey (Margo Jones), Richard Thomas (Tennessee Williams), Bruce Dubose (voice of William Goyen), David Goodwin, Ouida White, Elisa Reynard, Cliff Stephens, Lydia Mackay, Stephen Levall.
Performer(s): Narrated by Marcia Gay Harden; commentators include Campbell Geeslin, Jerome Weeks, Helen Sheehy, Richard Jones, Ray Walston, Horton Foote, Anne Pitoniak, Louise Latham, Patsy Swank, Earnest Wallace, Bernadette Whitehead Montuori, Janet Lee, Jerome Lawrence, Maurice Merrell.
Description: 1 videodisc (ca. 132 min. [i.e. 56 min.]) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; 5.1 surround sound, stereo.
Contents: Margo's dream --
Margo meets Tennessee --
Theater for our time --
Broadway disaster --
"Inherit the Wind" --
Good night, sweet tornado.
Other Titles: Margo Jones and the American theater
Responsibility: produced, written and directed by Kay Cattarulla and Rob Tranchin ; a production of KERA Dallas/Ft. Worth.

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Margo Jones was one of the major innovators and visionaries in American theater history. She founded Theatre '47 (the name changed with every year) in Dallas, a non-profit professional theater that was the first of its kind in the country, and ran it until her untimely death in 1955. It provided the model for the resident theater movement of the 1960s and '70s that transformed the American stage. She was a crucial figure in the early career of Tennessee Williams and discovered playwright William Inge. Her 1955 world premiere in Dallas of Lawrence and Lee's "Inherit the Wind"--Initially rejected by eight Broadway producers - saved a major American play. Unjustly forgotten since her early death, this film presents Margo's story using archival materials, personal recollections, and dramatic recreations of her life.

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