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Library show chronicles life in Oklahoma City's Deep Deuce community

“Swingin' and Singin' in Deep Deuce” is being performed at Metropolitan Library System branches throughout Oklahoma City.
by Matt Patterson Modified: February 15, 2013 at 8:28 pm •  Published: February 16, 2013
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“Their music sounds a lot like the music of the 1930s,” Williams said. “Adam also plays the keyboard in the show. That was a very important part of it. We knew we had to incorporate the music and fashion of that era. People would dress up in their best clothes to go down to the Deuce and listen to music.”

Williams said researching the era was her favorite part of putting the show together.

“That's about 75 percent of the excitement for me,” she said. “This was a very compact area of town, but it really showed the best of African-American entrepreneurship, and it was very interesting to learn more about it.”

Williams said audiences have enjoyed the show, especially the dance contest. There are about six performances left in the show's run, which concludes Feb. 28.

“It's been well-received,” she said. “I think we have a mixture of people who come to learn about Deep Deuce, and those who want to enjoy the music. We see a lot of people shaking their heads in agreement at points in the show where they connect with what's happening through their own personal experiences. That's very rewarding.”

by Matt Patterson
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Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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