Wed November 18, 2009
The Vincent Dowling Theatre Company Presents "The Rivalry"
By Rich Fisher
Tulsa, Oklahoma – On today's edition of StudioTulsa, we speak with the renowned Irish-American actor, director, and author Vincent Dowling (born in Dublin in 1929). Dowling first achieved fame in the 1950s for his role in the long-running radio soap opera, "The Kennedys of Castleross." Since then, his wide-ranging work in the world of theatre has been the stuff of legend. Dowling is a Lifetime Associate Director (and former Artistic Director) of Ireland's National Theatre --- The Abbey Theatre --- where he was a top actor and director for more than two decades. He also served for many years as Producing Director of The Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in Cleveland (where he discovered Tom Hanks) --- and in 1990 he founded The Miniature Theatre of Chester, Massachusetts (where he now lives). What brings Dowling to Tulsa, and to our program, is this: The Vincent Dowling Theatre Company will soon be presenting "The Rivalry," the famous Norman Corwin play about the historic Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858, at the Gilcrease Museum. (You can learn more about this great American drama, and about Dowling's production in particular, at http://therivalry.org.) The play will run from Thursday the 19th through Sunday the 22nd. (For more information, or for tickets, please visit www.myticketoffice.com.)