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Tuesday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 31 Aug 2010

Today in the roundup: A local bestselling author talks tricks of the trade, honoring Horton Foote and broadening your theater background.


PAPERBACK WRITER: If you’ve ever been in a grocery store, you’ve probably seen Sandra Brown’s books. And there’s a decent chance you’ve read one – 58 of her romance and suspense novels have landed on the New York Times bestsellers list. But did you know she lives in Arlington and went to TCU? I didn’t either before her appearance Monday on Think. If you missed her conversation with Krys Boyd, you can listen to it here.

AND THE WINNERS ARE: Horton Foote is a name you’ll be hearing a lot of around here over the next year or so. Just about every theater organization in North Texas will participate in a Horton Foote Festival next spring. And now the winners are out for the first Horton Foote Prizes, which honor “excellence in American theater” as a way of honoring the Texas writer, who died last year. Lynne Nottage’s Ruined took the prize for Outstanding New American Play, while Will Eno’s Middletown won the award for Promising New American Play. Each of those playwrights is now $15,000 richer.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Raise your hand if there are classic theater shows out there that you feel like you should have seen by now but just have never gotten around to it. (OK, hands down.) An inexpensive way to check some of those plays and musicals off your list is by taking in a college production. Theaterjones.com has done us a service by compiling this handy list of the upcoming seasons for local college theater programs. Works by Chekhov, Miller, Shaw, Coward, O’Neil and others are all on there. Go ahead and grab your calendar now.

  • Robert Hall

    Sandra Brown was the “weekend weather girl” on Channel 8 in the late 70’s. Her husband, Michael Brown, was the weekend anchor.