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Topic: Alfred Uhry

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  Encyclopedia: Alfred Uhry
Alfred Fox Uhry (born December 3, 1936) is an American playwright best known for the play and screenplay of Driving Miss Daisy.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Uhry graduated from Brown University.
Uhry's early work for the stage was as a lyricist and librettist for a number of largely unsuccessful musicals, including America's Sweetheart about Al Capone and a revival of Little Johnny Jones starring Donny Osmond.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Alfred-Uhry   (1140 words)

 Boston.com / News / Local / Conn. / 'Driving Miss Daisy' writer caught in defamation lawsuit   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Uhry, 68, of New York City, is accused of waging a smear campaign against his son-in-law, Russell B. Rhea, who filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Hartford.
Uhry is also accused of making statements in spoken and published form that Rhea stole documents from potential clients and tried to obtain their signatures under false pretenses.
Uhry and her husband -- who court papers say had been drinking that day since noon -- had recently watched an episode of a TV crime show in which "someone had been murdered with nicotine patches," the affidavit states.
www.boston.com /news/local/connecticut/articles/2005/02/15/driving_miss_daisy_writer_caught_in_defamation_lawsuit   (608 words)

 PerformInk Online
Uhry says the director was thoroughly inept, but that he didn’t know it at the time because it was his first show.
Uhry attended rehearsals of Ballyhoo here in Chicago (opening April 30 at the Mercury Theater), and was impressed with the cast.
Uhry’s most recent effort, the Tony Award-winning book for the musical, Parade, also has an Atlanta Jewish setting, although the year is 1913 and the circumstances vastly different and darker.
www.performink.com /Archives/stagepersonae/2000/UrhyAlfred.html   (1669 words)

 The Last Night of Ballyhoo   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Alfred Uhry has made his reputation writing about what he knows: growing up in the establishment Jewish society in Atlanta just before and after World War II.
The irony is that the family Uhry depicts imitate their Christian neighbors, who greet them civilly at business and school but do not invite them to join their clubs, or their children home to play.
Uhry personifies the conflict between the strata of Jewish society in Sunny Freitag, a junior at Wellesley College with the blond hair and even the features of a Barbie doll, and Joe Farkas, a Jew from Brooklyn who is hired to work in her Uncle Adolph's factory.
www.bostonphoenix.com /archive/theater/00/03/16/THE_LAST_NIGHT_OF_BALLYHOO.html   (789 words)

 All About Jewish Theatre - "The Last Night Of Ballyhoo," by Alfred Uhry
Uhry told American Theatre magazine, "It occurred to me...that I could write about the last time Atlanta was in the spotlight which, to me, was when Gone With the Wind opened.
Alfred Uhry is the first American playwright to win the "Triple Crown" of dramatic writing: a Tony Award, an Oscar, and a Pulitzer Prize.
Uhry was born in Atlanta, Georgia on December 12, 1936.
www.jewish-theatre.com /visitor/article_display.aspx?articleID=257   (648 words)

 Theater |   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Uhry also wrote the book for the controversial Broadway musical Parade, which is likewise based on a nasty historical incident: the lynching of Jewish factory manager Leo Frank in 1915 Atlanta.
Indeed, one the play’s theatrical devices is to run crucial scenes in the pope’s account followed by the version of Edgardo’s bereft and infuriated mother, who’s sufficiently unimpressed by Pius’s power and position that she tells him to go to hell and refers to his papal raiment as a " party dress.
Uhry seems less interested in the heartache or the historical ramifications of the Mortara incident than he is in forging a pithy Pirandellian entertainment out of it.
www.bostonphoenix.com /boston/arts/theater/documents/02521168.htm   (788 words)

 ajc.com | Archive: Q&A with Alfred Uhry
Alfred Uhry's musical book concerns the 1913 murder of Mary Phagan, a 13-year-old worker in a downtown pencil factory, and the 1915 lynching of Leo Frank, her Jewish foreman, who had been convicted of her murder in a sensationalized trial tainted with unreliable witnesses, lurid sexual rumors and anti-Semitism.
As Uhry said in an interview a year ago, during workshops of the musical, he noticed as a boy that fear and secrecy still surrounded the case in his circle, which only made him more determined to write about it someday.
Uhry, who won a 1988 Pulitzer Prize and 1989 Academy Award for "Driving Miss Daisy," and a 1997 Tony Award for "The Last Night of Ballyhoo," recently talked at greater length about the making of the musical, which officially opens Dec. 17.
theatre_chick.tripod.com /parade-qa.htm   (1458 words)

 ajc.com Alfred Uhry's "Parade" review
Uhry, who tells the story masterfully, with flashes of bitter humor and ironic foreshadowing, and Prince ("The Phantom of the Opera"), who brings his familiar flair for stage pictures, clearly wrestle with the problem of cliches.
In this single brilliant stroke, Uhry and Prince provide a sympathetic insight into the men who shouted for the head of the Yankee foreman who paid their children pennies an hour.
Thus Uhry shifts the blame off the common man and onto Tom Watson, the publisher of "The Jeffersonian," who incites him with such verbatim phrases as "perverted sodomite Jew." Uhry also includes a stereotypically clownish defense lawyer, a sort of Big Daddy without the brains.
theatre_chick.tripod.com /parade2.htm   (979 words)

 BALLYHOO AND DAISY, TOO Between the Lines with Alfred Uhry and Dana Ivey by Don Shewey   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Uhry has made no secret of the fact that these characters are based on real people he knew growing up in Atlanta.
Uhry deftly sketches an environment where every mark of difference is instantly noticed and judged, sometimes to comic effect.
Uhry, who lives in Manhattan with his wife, Joanna Kellogg, and their four daughters, has spent most of his adult life writing books and lyrics for musicals with composer Robert Waldman.
www.donshewey.com /theater_articles/BALLYHOO.htm   (3401 words)

 Driving Miss Daisy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Uhry has created a basically benign world, a microcosm of comity; one so calm that the slightest ripple reveals what we know lurks below.
Such subtlety in the stage version is why the mere appearance of menacing state police in one of the film adaptation's scenes seems heavy-handed.
Uhry is concerned here with denial, one of the sources of racism, rather than with pointy heads in bed sheets.
www.providencephoenix.com /archive/theater/98/06/25/DAISY.html   (721 words)

 The 5th Avenue Theatre - 2000-2001 Season - Parade
Explained Uhry, "...I didn't want to write a show that was all about this wonderful, righteous Jewish person and a vicious redneck because, as you know about me, I'm very Southern too.
Uhry's memories of growing up in the South were of special value to Brown.
Lucille was a friend of his grandmother's when he was a boy, and he made us laugh when he said she seemed to him like 'just another little old lady.'" She signed her checks "Mrs.
www.5thavenuetheatre.org /archive/a_parade_newwork.shtml   (1060 words)

 Alfred Uhry
Alfred Uhry began his career as a lyric writer, under contract to the late Frank Loesser.
Uhry won an Academy Award, and the film itself was voted Best Picture of the Year.
Uhry's second play, "The Last Night Of Ballyhoo," which was commissioned by the Cultural Olympiad for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, opened on Broadway in February 1997.
www.chelseaforum.com /speakers/Uhry.htm   (266 words)

 Forward : Southern Discomfort: Alfred Uhry Conjures The Ghosts of Ballyhoo @ HighBeam Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Southern Discomfort: Alfred Uhry Conjures The Ghosts of Ballyhoo.
Alfred Uhry is fascinated by German Jews in the Deep South, and watching his latest play, "The Last Night of Ballyhoo," for even a few minutes makes it easy to see why.
Uhry is spending more and more time these days working through the ambivalence of the culture he came from.
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 Legislative Search -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Stuckey 67th HR 742 A RESOLUTION commending Alfred Uhry for his extraordinary career and honoring the dedication of the Alfred Uhry Theater at Druid Hills High School; and for other purposes.
Alfred Uhry's first well-known work, 12 The Robber Bridegroom, ran on Broadway for 150 performances 13 and earned a Tony nomination in 1976.
Alfred Uhry won 22 the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1988 for Driving Miss Daisy 23 and a 1990 Academy Award for its screenplay adaptation.
www.state.ga.us /services/leg/ShowBillPre.cgi?year=1999&filename=1999/HR742   (311 words)

In Alfred Uhry's imagining of Pio Nono, as the Italians called him, is a natural raconteur, charming and acerbic.
It was loudly taken up by the press as yet another example of the Church's arrogance, and became a potent issue for the Risorgimento, the nationalist movement seeking to reunify Italy and destroy the power of the Papal States.
Alfred Uhry is best known for "Driving Miss Daisy" and "The Last Night of Ballyhoo", his witty, poignant examinations of middle-class Jewish life in mid-20th-century Atlanta.
www.aislesay.com /CT-EGARDO.html   (1105 words)

 Variety.com - Alene Fox Uhry
Alene Fox Uhry, a longtime local patron of the arts and the mother of Pulitzer-winning playwright Alfred Uhry, died Oct. 16 in Atlanta of congestive heart failure.
Uhry was a life director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra board, which honored her as one of its guiding lights.
Alfred Uhry is the author of "Driving Miss Daisy" and "The Last Night of Ballyhoo." Although she did appear in the movie version of "Driving Miss Daisy" -- and spent a day with star Jessica Tandy teaching her to speak Southern -- Alene Uhry was not the inspiration for Miss Daisy.
www.variety.com /article/VR1117875759?categoryID=25   (154 words)

 MyUSTINET News: Playwright Alfred Uhry Sued For Defamation
Alfred F. Uhry, who gained fame with his hit play and film "Driving Miss Daisy", is being sued by Russell B. Rhea for allegedly waging a smear campaign.
Rhea, 43, was married to Uhry's daughter, Emily Ann Uhry, for 16 years before filing for divorce in June 2003.
Uhry, 69, allegedly told Rhea's friends and business associates that Rhea "engaged in various types of criminal conduct in both his personal life and in the conduct of his mortgage business", the suit says.
news.usti.net /newsstory/usa.misc/2/wed/do/Uus-playwright.RQW7_FFF.html   (226 words)

 BAM: Pius IX, con Gusto, Arts and Culture, January/February 2003   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
I’ve already been beatified.” In the hands of playwright Alfred Uhry, Pius IX, one of the most vilified popes in history, emerges as a ham—an autocrat with all the moral certainty and charm of Ronald Reagan.
Uhry’s play, which made its debut this fall at Hartford Stage, is based on David Kertzer’s critically acclaimed 1995 book, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.
If Uhry’s previous success is any indication (Driving Miss Daisy and Last Night of Ballyhoo won him an artistic Triple Crown: a Pulitzer, an Oscar, and a Tony), the battle for Edgardo’s soul is likely to be fought hard in the public eye.
www.brownalumnimagazine.com /storydetail.cfm?ID=1939   (580 words)

 Litchfield County Times - News - 10/17/2002 - In Latest Drama, Alfred Uhry Mines Tale of Snatched Child   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Uhry's work, which often examines religious identity and the conflict between Judaism and Christianity, has been enormously successful.
Uhry was unwilling to cast judgment on the characters or their dilemmas.
Uhry, who is currently working on a film starring Adam Sandler and Dustin Hoffman, has lived part-time in the same Litchfield County home for 35 years with his wife, Joanna, a professor at Fordham University in New York City.
www.zwire.com /site/news.cfm?newsid=5741679&BRD=2303&PAG=461&dept_id=478976&rfi=6   (1033 words)

 Uhry Theater   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
The Uhry Theater project, a non-profit organization, raised funds for the complete renovation of the auditorium.
The Alfred Uhry Theater is named for the prize-winning playwright who graduated from Druid Hills High School in 1954.
Alfred Uhry's honors have included the Pulitzer Prize, an Oscar, and a Tony Award.
www.dekalb.k12.ga.us /~druidhills/uhry/uhrytheater.html   (447 words)

 SurfWax: News, Reviews and Articles On Alfred Uhry
She was a Dramatists Guild Fellow in 2002, and was mentored by playwright/librettist Alfred Uhry.
Alfred Uhry returned to his Reform Jewish roots in Atlanta in "The Last Night of Ballyhoo." David Mamet revisits his past in "The Old Neighborhood." Now Margulies digs up his roots in "Brooklyn Boy," about a successful novelist who returns home to deal with a difficult father who is dying.
Playwrite Alfred Uhry commented on this phenomenon in "Driving Miss Daisy," when he has Miss Daisy's son Boolie annoying his Jewish mother by putting up a Christmas tree in his living room."Our children should understand the clear boundaries around the holidays," says Steinberg.
authors.surfwax.com /files/Alfred_Uhry_Book.html   (517 words)

 Hippodrome State Theatre: The Last Night of Ballyhoo
Uhry’s play depicts the attempts of Southern Jews in the late ‘30s to assimilate with Southern Episcopalians.
Uhry explains, “What I try to do is write about these challenging themes through a love story.
Uhry wrote the screen adaptation for his play Driving Miss Daisy and the screenplays for Rich in Love and Mystic Pizza.
thehipp.org /ballyhoo.html   (531 words)

 Hartford Advocate: Assimilation Blues   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Alfred Uhry´s The Last Night of Ballyhoo at Cheney Hall.
Alfred Uhry is best known for his first play,
was commissioned as part of the cultural celebration attendant on the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta, where Alfred Uhry was born in 1936.
hartfordadvocate.com /gbase/Arts/content?oid=oid:69082   (698 words)

 Salon Entertainment | Never forget
Playwrights Alfred Uhry and David Mamet revive the specter of antisemitism and tap into American Jews' nostalgia for a clear-cut enemy.
BY SAMUEL G. ear the climax of "Parade," a major new musical written by Alfred Uhry and directed by Hal Prince, a Jewish factory manager who has been convicted of murdering a Christian girl receives a prison visit from his wife.
Uhry and Prince evidently intend the tableau as a reminder that the hatred of antisemites is what ultimately brings and keeps Jews together.
www.salon.com /ent/feature/1999/01/12feature.html   (689 words)

 The Frank Files: Parade (Literary Analysis)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Uhry and Parade co-creator and composer Jason Robert Brown choose to introduce Mary to us just two scenes before her death with "The Picture Show," a song that is written as a playful exchange between Mary and would-be suitor Frankie Epps (248-249).
In her last living scene, a distinction made because of Uhry's choice to employ Mary's ghost later in the play, Mary's final words are a simple wish for her employer Leo to have a "happy [Confederate] Memorial Day" (253).
For Alfred Uhry himself, Parade was meant primarily as an emotional tribute.
www.frankpalermo.com /TheFrankFiles/ParadeLiteraryAnalysis   (2265 words)

Alfred Uhry is the only playwright ever to win the triple crown -- an Oscar, a Tony, and a Pulitzer Prize.
Uhry's second play, "The Last Night of Ballyhoo," was commissioned by the Cultural Olymipiad for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and was chosen Best Play by the American Theatre Critics Association, The Outer Critics Circle, and The Drama League.
Eli Evans was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina, and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and Yale Law School.
www.gwu.edu /~media/pressreleases/southern.html   (425 words)

 @ugusta headlines: Atlanta-born playwright draws on his childhood for `Ballyhoo', August 2, 1996
TLANTA - When Alfred Uhry learned that Olympic Arts Festival coordinators wanted him to write a play, he asked if it had to be about sports.
Uhry, a Jew who grew up in Atlanta, has his own experiences to draw from.
Uhry said, as it covers two weeks in the lives of two girls who meet ``unworthy'' boys during a formal dance.
www.augustachronicle.com /headlines/080296/ballyhoo.html   (483 words)

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