Nordan on Mississippi, His Play

By Newmark, Judith | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), November 5, 1995 | Go to article overview

Nordan on Mississippi, His Play


Newmark, Judith, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


AUTHOR Lewis Nordan came to town recently for the world premiere of "Mississippi Sugar" at the Studio Theater of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis - a play based on his short stories.

The play - written by and starring Randy Redd - centers on Sugar Mecklin, a boy whose Delta childhood includes an alcoholic father, a mother loosely connected to reality, and a ferocious rooster. It's mostly a comedy; it runs through Nov. 12.

Nordan teaches at the University of Pittsburgh. The day after the opening, he shared some of his thoughts with us. Slim and gray-haired, he was wearing a professorial tweed jacket accessorized with a tiny lapel pin in the shape of an interstate highway sign, emblazoned with the number 61. "That," he explained, "is the way out of the Delta."

On his home state:

"Mississippi is so mythologized, I know people will bring a lot of that to the play. People say to me, `I could be a writer, too, if I grew up where you grew up.' And I think, I grew up in a hellhole! Itta Bena, Mississippi!

"But people are like that everywhere. I was in Oklahoma the other day and heard a guy say, `I was just in Paris. Pretty town. Can't compare to Tulsa.' Charleston? It's hermitically sealed. And New York! New Yorkers make fun of my accent to my face."

On seeing his stories turned into a play:

"I am absolutely thrilled, maybe more than anybody else. I am knocked out. What I wanted to say, was said in the play.

"Stories, for me, exist in language. I had no idea what it would be like to see them in flesh and blood. That scene when Sugar begs to go to the freak show - that was just the way I pictured it. I just sat there, laughing loudly and shamelessly, getting teary-eyed."

On. W.C. Handy, whose music helps set the mood of the play:

"I was so pleased with seeing and hearing W.C. Handy (portrayed in the show by Paula Newsome). It was just right. I actually once did what one of the characters in the show talks about - took the bus to Memphis to see W.C. Handy. I was obsessed with him. I didn't even know he was the daddy of the blues. I just loved him."

On the role of Sugar Mecklin, who is never offstage:

"That's the kind of part I would write for myself! . . . My wife tells me that someday, I'll die peacefully in my own arms." Theater Briefs

Hush: An Interview With America: A new play for children (and grown-ups) has the imaginative staging and design Metro Theater Company is known for, but the story gets lost before the play is over. Eddie Webb is terrific as the Lion with one paw in the Serengeti, the other in Oz. Closes Sunday, Nov. 5, 3:30 p.m. 727-3552.

On the Outside Corner: A simply staged, effective drama about baseball before integration. Good for kids as well as adults. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Nordan on Mississippi, His Play
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.