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Celebrating a Centennial:
100 Years of Oklahoma Heroes

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Tulsa Schedule for Workshops and Performances

Tuesday, June 5
Noon Workshop: Doug Watson - Will Rogers Was Not Just a Cowboy - Based on the diversity of Will's career and success and using a Powerpoint presentation developed for use in the Will Rogers in the Schools program, this workshop presents an overview of Will's life and invites questions about various dimensions of his continuing identity.
1:30 pm Workshop: Dixie Belcher - A Women's Forum on Social Progress - Dixie Belcher represents Kate Barnard's theory of "scientific statecraft," utilizing the prominent social scientists of the day to create a Progressive utopia in the new state of Oklahoma. Oklahoma was considered to be a model of liberal thought concerning compulsory education and help for the poor and prison reform. Dixie will ask the question, "Have we resolved those issues today?"
7:25 pm: Chautauqua Teaser
7:30 pm: Bill Worley as Waite Phillips

Wednesday, June 6
Noon Workshop: Bill Worley - Osage and Oil - "The Osage of Osage County" will center on the history and impact of that native people on Oklahoma and oil. Of course, it will also deal with the impact of Oklahoma and oil on the Osage.
1:30 pm Workshop: Gary Gray - The Oklahoma Jigsaw Puzzle - Oklahoma didn't just become a state when Frank Frantz traveled to Washington DC to hand the statehood canvas results to Theodore Roosevelt in 1907. Rather, even before the Five Civilized Tribes first started moving into Indian Territory, a dynamic molding of borders was in motion. With the Run of 1889 the process accelerated and by the time Frantz was the Oklahoma Territorial Governor, the final pieces of the Oklahoma puzzle were hastily being put into place so President Roosevelt could have his own state.
6:30 pm: Music
7:30 pm: Dixie Belcher as Kate Barnard

Thursday, June 7
Noon Workshop: John Anderson - Lynn Riggs as Outsider - Lynn Riggs empathized with Oklahomans born, as he expressed it in a vivid metaphor, "outside the rush of light," inhabiting "a shifting fringe of dark around the camp-fire, where wolves, perhaps, and unnamable things lurked." He aspired to "publish their humanity" in his plays. This workshop will explore the theme of the outsider in the works of Riggs as an expression of his own marginal sexual and racial identities.
1:30 pm Workshop: Bill Worley - Oklahoma and Oil - "Oklahoma and Oil" will look at the lives, personalities and contributions of several of the other colorful characters attracted to Oklahoma by "black gold."
6:30 pm: Music
7:30 pm: Gary Gray as Frank Frantz

Friday, June 8
Noon Workshop: Dixie Belcher & Gary Gray - Stumping for the New State of Oklahoma - Indian Territory was heavily Democratic while Oklahoma Territory was administered by the Republicans. The former had the bulk of its settlement from the south, and the latter had tens of thousands of pioneers who had migrated from northern states. There were issues about whether Oklahoma would be a "Jim Crow" state and whether it would vote "wet" or "dry." President Roosevelt wanted two Republican senators in Congress and his friend Frank Frantz in the governor's chair. But the Democrats had "Alfalfa" Bill Murray and Charles Haskell leading the way. What were the dynamics of that first statewide election?
1:30 pm Workshop: Doug Watson - Will's Movies - An opportunity to see some of Will's successful but now rather obscure films and talk about the nature of early film and his influence on the industry, as well as his use of his own Oklahoma materials in film. The workshop would include viewing of "The Ropin Fool" and parts of "They Had to See Paris," "Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court," "State Fair," and "Steamboat 'Round the Bend."
6:30 pm: Music
7:30 pm: John Anderson as Lynn Riggs

Saturday, June 9
Noon Workshop: John Anderson - From Green Grow the Lilacs to Oklahoma! - In 1943, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein made theatrical history when they adapted Lynn Riggs's 1931 play Green Grow the Lilacs as a musical. Using textual analysis and video, this workshop will compare the two works and explore how much Oklahoma! owes its source material, which also included music, and how both works were theatrically and culturally innovative.
6:30 pm: Music
7:30 pm: Doug Watson as Will Rogers

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