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NCLR Notes Drama Tradition

The 18th issue of the North Carolina Literary Review focuses on the state’s vibrant play writing and production traditions.

Produced by ECU and the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, the 2009 NCLR received additional funding for this edition from the Paul Green Foundation. This issue of the award-winning journal includes a special section focusing on North Carolina’s play traditions along with an original drama and a range of essays about this dynamic body of literature.

As the cradle of outdoor theater, the Old North State has been a national leader in connecting people with their pasts through the medium of drama, according to NCLR Editor Margaret D. Bauer. Beyond outdoor drama, the state’s dramatic arts scene is flourishing, as evidenced by this issue’s special feature section, which opens with a recently discovered 1960 interview with Paul Green and closes with Bland Simpson talking about Musician’s Theater, another subgenre of drama that originated in North Carolina.

NCLR 20090 focuses on N.C. drama.
In between are original plays by Paul Green, June Guralnick, Richard Krawiec, Kat Meads, and Sam Post; an interview with Jim Grimsley and an article on his work; and literary criticism on the Asheville-set play of Tennessee Williams and on a play by Elizabeth Spencer performed in Chapel Hill in 1989.

Interspersed throughout the drama section are short news articles on other dramatic activities in the state—productions, awards, and tributes to various theater personalities—and photographs from productions of North Carolina plays across the state and beyond, as they have been performed from New York to California.

The 2009 issue also introduces a new North Carolina Miscellany section, which includes original poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction by North Carolina writers; author interviews; literary criticism; and information about literary awards and activities during the past year.

Bauer writes in the introduction to this section, “It is a particular pleasure to introduce within NCLR’s pages writers from our state whom readers might not yet know about, like Kat Meads and William Conescu [who are] interviewed in this section of the issue. After reading Meads’s novel ‘The Invented Life of Kitty Duncan,’ I have been on a crusade to introduce her 1950s-era Scarlett O’Hara to other readers, and after reading Louisa Dang’s interview with Conescu, I put his novel ‘Being Written’ on my own ‘must read’ list.”

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This page originally appeared in the Sept. 4, 2009 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at