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Tuesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 22 May 2012 7:30 AM

Today in the roundup: A local playwright’s personal new play, the Oak Cliff Film Fest schedule is out and local legal trouble over a dinosaur.


FOCUS ON THE FAMILY: On Friday, Kitchen Dog Theater will debut Ruth, a new play by local writer Vicki Caroline Cheatwood. The play is based on the Old Testament story of Ruth and Naomi, in which Naomi is reunited with her daughter-in-law, Ruth, following the death of her husband and sons. Cheatwood’s husband, Mark Daves, recently died of cancer, making the biblical story all the more real to her. “I am very close to my mother-in-law, I can relate to the love these two shared,” Cheatwood tells “Ruth sacrificed for Naomi, she could have stayed. She was being a good Jew—you don’t turn your back on others.” Catch Ruth through June 23.

MAKING PLANS: The schedule is out for the first ever Oak Cliff Film Festival, which runs June 14-17 at venues throughout the neighborhood. Opening night features The Ghastly Love of Johnny X, a sci-fi comedy musical that should set the tone for the remainder of the weekend. Local band the King Bucks will play the opening night party at the Texas Theatre.

DINO DRAMA: Over the weekend, Dallas-based Heritage Auctions facilitated the sale of a Tyrannosaurus skeleton. There’s a good chance that the dinosaur was found in Mongolia, which has the Mongolian government not very happy. In fact, so not very happy that it has sued Heritage over the sale of the fossil. All the details are laid out over on Unfair Park.