Guest host Jane Curtin presents two stories about travelling long distances, both geographically and emotionally.  First, a story by science fiction master Ray Bradbury.  “The Strawberry Window” may be set on Mars, but it’s really about what makes a home, no matter where you are.  Bradbury was the author of such classic works as The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, and Fahrenheit 451, as well as short stories including “The Veldt” and “All Summer in a Day.” Boyd Gaines read this story at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

Gaines is a Tony Award-winning actor whose work on stage includes “The Heidi Chronicles,” “She Loves Me,” “Twelve Angry Men,” “Journey’s End,” and “An Enemy of the People.”  On television he’s appeared on “Law & Order” and “The Good Wife,” among many other programs.

Our second story began as a feature assignment for author Megan Mayhew Bergman, who was asked to write about the country’s first integrated all-woman jazz band, The International Sweethearts of Rhythm for The Oxford American.   But the group’s fascinating story, originating in an orphanage, travelling by bus through the segregated South, and playing with some of the greats, stuck with her.  As did the characters of Tiny Davis and Ruby Lucas, who were in a romantic relationship that heightened the tensions and challenges of their professional lives.   In an interview with us, which you can hear in its entirety at the end of this post, Bergman said she wanted to focus on these two women, celebrate their 40-year bond, and their husky, music- and smoke-filled voices, beautifully rendered by reader Anika Noni Rose.

Rose won a Tony for her performance in “Caroline, or Change.”  Other credits include “Threepenny Opera,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” and “A Raisin in the Sun.”   Most recently, she has starred on television in the remake of “Roots,” and the drama “Power.”

For fun, click here for a real life video of Tiny Davis and Ruby when they were older and reflecting…
And here for video + audio of Tiny with the Sweethearts in her prime.

Please enjoy the entire interview with author Megan Mayhew Bergman here:

 

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