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Oklahoma Chautauqua 2013:
Anything Goes: America in the 1920s

Dates:
Altus: May 28-June 1
Tulsa: June 4-8
Enid: June 11-15
Lawton: June 18-22

View the 2013 Brochure (PDF)
View the 2013 Companion Reader (PDF)

Tulsa Schedule for Performances

Tuesday, June 4
12:00 pm Workshop: Dr. Doug Mishler - The Automobile and the Development of Modern America 1890-1960 - Henry Ford and the other early auto manufacturers caused a sea change in America. In this workshop we will explore all the ways the auto altered America from the time of its introduction in 1896 through the 1950's.
5:30 pm Workshop: Debra Conner - Get Square - In the 1920's, Cubism was a radically new movement in the art world. In this workshop, attendees will learn about Cubism and the artists who pioneered this distinctive and influential style. Audience members will have the opportunity to create their own mini-masterpieces. Fun for adults and children ages 5 and up.
6:30 pm: Sisters in Song
7:25 pm: Meet your Chautauqua scholars
7:30 pm: Will Rogers portrayed by Dr. Doug Watson

Wednesday, June 5
12:00 pm Workshop:
Dr. Doug Watson - "Born Sober" and "Staggering to the Polls" - Prohibition in Oklahoma - The 1920's was the nation's only decade to prohibit manufacture and sale of alcohol; in Oklahoma, the story has been considerably longer and more complicated.
5:30 pm Workshop:
Dr. Doug Mishler - Popular Culture and the Dawn of Modern America 1900-1930 - Boxing, football, baseball, and other sports as well as circuses, vaudeville, cinema, the radio all forever changed American life during these decades. Together we will explore the wide variety of popular entertainments and activities that American citizens experienced in the early decades of the twentieth century.
6:30 pm: John Southern
7:30 pm: Henry Ford portrayed by Dr. Doug Mishler

Thursday, June 6
12:00 pm Workshop:
Debra Connor - The Crack Up - F. Scott Fitzgerald spent his last years in emotional and financial ruin. In 1936, just four years before he died at age 44, Fitzgerald wrote and published several gloomy autobiographical essays. They are, according to one writer, "part self-autopsy and part funeral sermon." What was behind Fitzgerald's "crack up?" How was Fitzgerald's literary reputation rescued after his death?
5:30 pm Workshop:
Gene Worthington - Sports in the Roaring Twenties - World World I was over, people had more money, and they had the time to spend it. The roaring twenties presented a new kind of hero. Fighters, Tennis players, and Baseball stars became the leading men in an era that was new and exciting and mores and morals changed.
6:30 pm: John Southern

7:30 pm: Bessie Coleman portrayed by Ilene Evans

Friday, June 7
12:00 pm Workshop:
Ilene Evans - African American Expressive Art in Dances, Stories, Games and Songs - Join Ilene Evans in a fun interactive workshop for young and old alike. Life in the 1920's was filled with dances, songs, games, riddles, and rhymes. Learn more about history of these art forms that continue to enrich American culture and life today.
5:30 pm Workshop:
Dr. Doug Watson - Boom and Bust - Will Rogers on Wealth and the Economy - Films helped to make Will a wealthy man, but his films and his media comments often included warnings about undeserved fortune, social pretension, and an ill-managed economy. Many of these pronouncements remain timely.
6:30 pm: Duo Sonics
7:30 pm: Babe Ruth portrayed by Gene Worthington

Saturday, June 8
12:00 pm Workshop:
Ilene Evans - Our Proper Sphere - Those attending this workshop will examine the changing values regarding women and their proper place in the world during the "Roaring 20's." Learn more about how the "Cult of Domesticity" was shattered in the 1920's as the modern woman emerged once women gained the right to vote and used their voices to change the course of American history.
5:30 pm Workshop:
Gene Worthington - Fields of Dreams - Spend some time with Gene Worthington as he talks about the stadiums he has visited and shares some stories about America's great pastime and the arenas where it is played. He will tell you about America's historic ball parks and the traditions they built.
6:30 pm: Duo Sonics
7:30 pm: Zelda Fitzgerald portrayed by Debra Conner

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