THE SAGA OF JACK DURANT
by Mabel Leo
Mabel Leo’s THE SAGA OF JACK DURANT will be on stage again. Read the bio of how a young boy hopped the train and lfet his home in Tennessee with the dream of being a pro baseball pitcher. Instead he became the most trusted friend of the notorious gangster, Bugsy Siegel. Now see Jack Durant on stage in IN MY HUMBLE OPINION, running April 26-May 12 2012. Call Phoenix Theater: 602-254-2151 for tickets. Mor information at http://www.meblleo.com NEW! Check out new blog: http://www.mabelblog.com.
Taken from THE WRITE WORD, the newsletter of The Society of Southwestern Authors Vol. 41. No. 2. Apr-May 2012
THE SAGA OF JACK DURANT
by Mabel Leo
Mabel Leo’s first book, THE SAGA OF JACK DURANT, published in 1996, continues to surprise her. Not only is it her best seller but, in 2005, became the basis for an award-winning play, IN MY HUMBLE OPINION, written by local playwright, Terry Earp. The play ran for eighteen sold-out performances, always with patrons waiting outside hoping for no-shows, and won four ariZoni Theatre Awards. The play will be performed again at the PLAYHOUSE On The Park in Phonix April 26-May 12, 2012. Contact Mabel for more info at email@example.com. Jack is back!
More info at http://www.mabelleo.com. Check out new blog: http://www.mabelsblog.com
Taken from The Write Word, the newsletter of The Society of Southwestern Authors Vol. 41. No. 1. Feb./Mar. 2012
IN MY HUMBLE OPINION
a based on a novel by Mabel Leo
Jack is back! Jack Durant, aka Robert Bledsoe, will appear on stage in the play, IN MY HUMBLE OPINION, The Play House on the Park just off Palm Lane at Central, Phoenix Arizona. Will run from 4/26/2012 to 5/12/2012, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m.Tickets be available at the Phoenix Theatre – 602-254-2151.
Bio of how a young boy hopped the train, left his home in Tennessee with the dream of being a pro baseball pitcher. Instead he became the most trusted friend of the notorious gangster, Bugsy Siegel. More info at http://www.booksbyleo.com and http://www.mabelleo.com NEW! Check out new blog: http://www.mabelsblog.com.
Eugene McKinney, professor emeritus of speech and drama, died in San Antonio Dec. 1, 2010. He was 88. McKinney, a well-regarded playwright who scripted several stage and television productions, was Trinity’s playwright-in-residence for 24 years. He left Baylor University in 1942 to join the U.S. Army during World War II. While a sergeant with the 3rd Army in Europe, McKinney received a battlefield commission and became a 2nd lieutenant. After the war, he rturned to Baylor, earned his bachelor’s in 1947 and his master’s in 1948; then joined the faculty there. In 1959, he became a professor of playwriting at the Dallas Theater Center. He became director of the Center’s graduate program in 1984. In 1963, McKinney was one of several faculty members who came to Trinity with Paul Baker after Baker resigned as chairman of Baylor’s drama department over artistic diferences. McKinney retired from Trinity in 1987. Twelve of McKinney’s plays were produced, including A DIFFERENT DRUMMER, CROSS-EYED BEAR, THE ANSWER IS TWO, and OF TIME AND THE RIVER. He also wrote for television, and his scripts included “A Different Drummer” for CBS, “So Deeply in the Well Known Heart Of” for NBC, and “I Came, I Saw, I Left” for ABC. His is survived by his wife, Treysa, and son, Michael.
Taken from TRINITY THE MAGAZINE OF TRINITY UNIVERSITY JULY 2011
Goodbye friend, teacher, and mentor: Eugene McKinney
VAQUEEROS, CALACAS, AND HOLLYWOOD: CONTEMPORARY CHICANO PLAYS
edited by Carlos Manuel
Four very different yet extremely personal works comprise VAQUEEROS, CALACAS, AND HOLLYWOOD: CONTEMPORARY CHICANO PLAYS. This collections covers topics from death and boxing to life as an immigrant, from Hollywood hero worship to sexual taboos. All of the plays reflect themes found in Chicano communities through out the United States. BARRIO HOLLYWOOD, by Elaine Romero, uses distinct cultural symbolism to explore tragedy, interracial dating, and family loyalty. Silvana Wood’s trilingual YO, CASIMIRO FLORRES mixes rituals, languages, and cultural traditions to craft an intellectual and historical drama that shed light on what being an immigrant, as well as a Chicano, means in today’s society. WE LOST IT AT THE MOVIES (WITH A SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY ROCK HUDSON), by Guillermo Reyes, offers us the story of a Chilean mother and son as they struggle to make it in the land of the free, and VAQUEEROS, BY CARLOS MANUEL, is an ethnodrama based on interviews that exposes hidden sexual practices among Chican/Latino men and their fear of being discovered.
Carlos Manuel is an assistant professor of theater and director of the Theatre Program at Bellarmine University. He obtained his MFA in playwriting from Arizona State University and his MA in directing from the University of New Mexico. His work focuses on the Latino experience.
234 pp . paper . $20.00 . ISBN 978-1-931010-70-2
Bilingual Review Press
Hispanic Research Center
Arizona State University
P.O Box 875303
Tempe, Az 85287-5303
Phone orders (480)965-3867
If you’d like a peek at the play written from my book, “The Saga of Jack Durant”, go to http://www.mabelleo.com and click on “play teaser.”