Notebook: September 2017
A Broadway debut, a winning bout, a return to the airwaves and more.
Actor Clea Alsip and choreographer Ma Cong at Tulsa Ballet in July. The two met after the casting of “M. Butterfly.”
Tulsans debut on Broadway
Though set in China and France, the Broadway revival of the play “M. Butterfly” has two Tulsa connections.
Tulsa native Clea Alsip will play multiple roles in the production, and Tulsa Ballet’s resident choreographer, Ma Cong, will choreograph its dance numbers. “It’s just amazing that we are both involved, and it’s a Broadway debut for both of us,” Alsip says.
Directed by Julie Taymor, “M. Butterfly” is based on the true story of a French diplomat’s love affair with a Chinese opera singer. Actor Clive Owen will play the leading role. The original 1988 Broadway play by David Henry Hwang won three Tony Awards.
A Booker T. Washington graduate, Alsip has lived and worked in New York City since moving there in 2008 to earn her master’s degree at New York University. Cong, who lives in Tulsa and choreographs worldwide, says he was tapped for his training in Chinese classical dance.
“M. Butterfly” opens Oct. 26 at New York City’s Cort Theatre.
Trojan 20 triumphs
The Jenks Public Schools Foundation’s Trojan 20 fundraising campaign is one of four innovative programs to be recognized by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.
The spring 2016 campaign was designed to cultivate small donations on a large scale by inviting families and individuals to donate $20 for each student in the district. The campaign raised $214,898, including a generous donation from the Tulsa Teachers Credit Union Support Our Schools (SOS) fundraising effort, to help support district programs and services threatened by cuts in state funding.
OFE’s Outstanding Program Awards for Local Education will be presented at its Fall Forum for Local Education Foundations on Oct. 17 in Norman. The 2017 winners, including the Jenks foundation, will each receive a plaque and $1,000.
Back on the air
Broadcasters and former KOTV co-anchors Scott Thompson and Lisa Jones have teamed up again — this time to co-anchor “2 Works for You Today” weekdays from 4:30-7 a.m. on KJRH.
Thompson recently left KOTV in Tulsa after 28 years as a reporter and anchor. Jones spent more than 16 years in Tulsa news. She stepped away from local television in 2000, and for the past 13 years has worked in the oil and gas industry.
Boxers win big
Tulsa amateur boxers Andre Brown and Jeramiah Milton won their divisions in the 2017 Ringside World Championships July 24-29 in Independence, Missouri. Over 1,500 boxers representing every state in the U.S. and nine countries competed in over 1,000 bouts during the course of the tournament.
Brown, 22, was named Ringside World Champion in the 152-pound division for the second year in a row. Milton, 23, is the 201-plus-pound division Ringside World Champion. The men box out of the Engine Room Boxing Gym in the Pearl District.
Voices of Oklahoma
— John H. Williams, former CEO of the Williams Companies.Late in life, Williams suffered from vision loss.
“Voices of Oklahoma” is an oral history project supported by the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities
at the University of Tulsa. John Erling founded the project in 2009.