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Killer Diller: A New Musical Based on Clyde Edgerton's Novel
Paul Ferguson, who brought Lee Smith's Good Ol' Girls to stage, now adds his touch to Killer Diller, a new musical he has written, directed, and adapted from the Clyde Edgerton novel.
Killer Diller focuses on Wesley Benfield, the wayward youth from Clyde Edgerton's Walking Across Egypt. He's twenty-four now, and he's in trouble again. He's in a "non-profit" halfway house; he's in love with Phoebe, a girl at the Christian weight-loss center down the street; and he wants to preach his own brand of gospel by singing the blues.
Music is a big part of Killer Diller. The production features traditional blues and gospel and new songs by Clyde Edgerton, Turner Walston and Billy McCormick.
Killer Diller is playing at the Studio Six Theatre at UNC-Chapel Hill through September 14, 2003. For ticket information, go to Ride Again Productions.
Telling Florida's Stories: 30th Anniversary Chautauqua Tour
The Florida Humanities Council is sponsoring a Chautauqua Tour of eight cities within the state. Modeled after the historic traveling educational shows of the late 1800's, the modern-day Chautauqua will include portrayals of men and women who contributed to the civic and cultural life of Florida and the nation. The living history will include performances by: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, James Weldon Johnson, Zora Neale Hurston, Claude Pepper, Thomas Jefferson, and Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Janisse Ray is Named the Grisham Writer-in-Residence
Georgia author Janisse Ray will join the Ole Miss English department during her stay as the Grisham Writer-in-Residence. She will teach a creative non-fiction workshop with an emphasis on personal essays. Ray's Ecology of a Cracker Childhood won the American Book Award and the Southern Book Award for Non-Fiction. Her latest memoir is Wild Card Quilt: Taking a Chance on Home.