Sunday, September 18, 2011


First things first: Thanks a million to the Columbia Center for Oral History (CCOH) for their help with this episode.

This is the last of three podcast episodes of stories from Eddie Dowling, a theater titan who produced, directed, and starred in the original 1945 Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' play "The Glass Menagerie." These stories come from a set of oral history interviews with Dowling conducted in 1963. The original interview tapes no longer exist, just the transcript, so you'll be hearing me, Paul VanDeCarr, reading from the transcripts. You can listen to this episode on the player above, or subscribe to the podcast for free in iTunes.

In the first two episodes, Eddie Dowling talked about falling in love with "The Glass Menagerie," assembling a cast, as well as the run of the play in Broadway and its big (if terrifying) Broadway premiere. 

In this final episode of the mini-series, you'll hear about the acclaimed but rocky 18-month run of the show, and the fate of leading lady Laurette Taylor.

Many thanks to the Columbia Center for Oral History (CCOH) for permission to use these stories in the podcast. You're welcome to share this podcast, but if you want to cite or use this interview in a project of your own or in some other context, you'll have to ask CCOH for permission. The contents of the Eddie Dowling interview are protected by copyright, and may not be cited, reproduced, or otherwise used without express written permission from the Columbia Center for Oral History, at Columbia University in the City of New York. 

CCOH has a world-class collection of thousands of interviews (in text, audio, and video formats) with people in the arts, government, business, philanthropy, social movements, and more. Check out their website, or drop them a line to learn more! They're very friendly, and the Center is open to the public.