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Pine Belt actors chat with Pulitzer-winning playwright on the web

The cast and crew of Just Over the Rainbow Theater chat with playwright Beth Henley over the web. The cast and crew of Just Over the Rainbow Theater chat with playwright Beth Henley over the web.
LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

Members of a Pine Belt community theater organization who will perform a Pulitzer Prize-winning play Saturday have received some encouraging advice from the play's author. And they got that advice face-to-face, on the internet.

The cast and crew of the Just Over the Rainbow Theater spoke with playwright and native Mississippian Beth Henley in a Skype interview Thursday night, during a rehearsal for her Broadway play, Crimes of the Heart. They'll perform that play January 14 during the Mississippi Theater Association's State Drama Festival in Gulfport.

Henley's cousin, Leah Thaggard, is a member of the cast.

"We've been e-mailing a lot and I asked her would she Skype with the group, so that's how it's all come together and we're excited to hear from her tonight," said Thaggard.

"One of the great things about doing literature by a Mississippi playwright is that you can get in touch with them and especially when you have a relative in your cast, so it has really worked well," said Michael Marks, the play's director. 

The Just Over the Rainbow Theater was named best community theater at last year's state competition for its production of Driving Miss Daisy.

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