Celebrating 21 years, the Oklahoma Chautauqua takes visitors back to a bygone era to meet some of the legendary Hollywood royalty. This year’s event will explore the influence of the big screen with “Behind the Scenes: Hollywood’s Impact on American Culture June 5-9 at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa.
Performances will take place Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. under the tent. Appearing in costume, scholars recount stories in the character’s own words and in the language of their time. A question-and-answer session with the scholar both in and out of character follows each performance.
Scholars performing in this year’s living history program will portray Gordon Parks, a groundbreaking American photographer best known for his photo essays for Life magazine and directing the 1971 film Shaft; Jack Warner, the driving force behind Warner Bros. Studios; William Faulkner, a Nobel Prize winning writer; Ethel Waters, a blues vocalist and Academy Award nominated actress; and legendary entertainer Bob Hope.
Daily workshops will take place Tuesday through Saturday at noon and 5:30 p.m. in North Hall 150. Local musicians will provide entertainment each night at 6:30 p.m. prior to the evening performances.
All workshops are free and open to the public and guests are encouraged to bring a picnic or purchase refreshments on site.
The Oklahoma Chautauqua is presented by the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa. Funding for the program is provided by a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council, with support from OSU-Tulsa, The Mervin Bovaird Foundation, Williams and the Downtown DoubleTree Hotel.