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Living Newspaper project comes to life on museum stage in Norman

Social issues of the 1930s have inspired a theatrical staging to be presented at 6 p.m. Friday at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: April 5, 2013

— Franklin D. Roosevelt's second inaugural address, delivered in January 1937, is one of several historic events included in a dramatic staging set for 6 p.m. Friday at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm.

Titled “One-Third of a Nation and Other Works Inspired by Living Newspapers,” the theatrical presentation will be staged by University of Oklahoma students.

Susan Shaughnessy, a professor in the OU Helmerich School of Drama, directs the production.

Part of the federally funded arts program established under the 1930s' Works Progress Administration, the Federal Theatre Project created and performed a number of Living Newspapers events based on social issues of the day. Among them was “One-Third of a Nation.”

The free performance is in conjunction with the exhibition “Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy.”

O. Louis Guglielmi's painting, “Tenements,” which is included in the exhibition, was inspired by Roosevelt's “One-Third of a Nation” speech.

The “Art Interrupted” exhibit features more than 100 works from 10 museums, private collectors and other public institutions. The exhibit will remain on view through June 9. For more information, call 325-3272 or go to


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