February 28, 1997 |
At the start of Alfred Uhry's achingly beautiful play "The Last Night of Ballyhoo," a young woman announces she is working on a novel. According to dramatic convention, that would make her the play's heroine. She's not. However conventional this essentially one-set Southern family drama may look on the surface, the play, set in 1939 Atlanta, is in fact surprising, luminous and powerful.
October 11, 1998 |
When playwright Alfred Uhry's mother was a junior at Wellesley, she spent New Year's Eve back home in Atlanta with a young man who worked for her father. They had a quarrel, after which she returned to school and ignored his persistent pursuit. When he wrote her a note trying to apologize, she tore it up. She did, however, keep the torn letter. That souvenir of his parents' courtship, augmented by memory and imagination, is at the heart of Uhry's romantic comedy, "The Last Night of Ballyhoo."
June 18, 2006
An opening-night soiree marks the premiere of Alfred Uhry's 'Without Walls' at the Mark Taper Forum.
October 30, 2009 |
On Aug. 17, 1915, Leo Frank, a Cornell-educated Jewish industrialist, was lynched just outside Atlanta. The atrocity marked the culmination of an ugly conflict that began with the 1913 murder of a child laborer named Mary Phagan, who toiled for pennies an hour in Atlanta's National Pencil Factory. Frank, the plant superintendent, was convicted of the crime and sentenced to death, though he always maintained his innocence. He appealed his case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, losing each time, whereupon Georgia Gov. John Slaton commuted his sentence to life imprisonment.
March 19, 1990 |
'Daisy,' 'Misdemeanors' Win Writing Awards: Woody Allen's original script for "Crimes and Misdemeanors" and Alfred Uhry's adaptation for "Driving Miss Daisy" took the Writers Guild of America's top film prizes. In the television categories, T. S. Cook was honored for "Nightbreaker" as best original long-form script. Bill Wittliff's "Lonesome Dove" (Part I), based on the Larry McMurtry novel, was best long-form adaptation.
January 20, 1992 |
Driving Miss Angela: CBS is developing a pilot for a series based on the film "Driving Miss Daisy" for Angela Lansbury. She would re-create the title role, an elderly Atlanta Jewish woman. The pilot is by Alfred Uhry, who wrote the play and screenplay. If the new series is a go, it's expected to run in Lansbury's Sunday "Murder, She Wrote" time slot.