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Elliott Nugent --playwright, director, actor -- who collaborated with James Thurber, discusses Thurber and reads from his work. Actors and the "Bill Baird's puppets" recreate a Thurber story. 1958. Elliott Nugent --playwright, director, actor -- who collaborated with James Thurber, discusses Thurber and reads from his work. Actors recreate a Thurber story. 1:19 Program host Jim MacAndrew discusses Thurber and his wit, what a critic called "A mixture of laughing gas and deadly nightshade." Nugent is introduced. 2:05 Nugent reads from Thurber's "My Life And Hard Times" and reminisces about knowing Thurber since their college days together. 7:37 Nugent reads from Thurber's parable "The Wren and the Cricket" about a wren who wins a musical competition by flattering the judge, a cricket. The moral: it is not always more blessed to give than to receive and a bribe can often get you what you want. The story is performed by Bill Baird's hand puppets and shadow puppets. 7:33 Two actors perform a Thurber short story about two strangers meeting by chance in a cafe. The woman thinks she has bought a detective story, ( instead she picked up a copy of "Macbeth.") They proceed to dissect it as a whodunit, suspecting everyone of the murder... except Macbeth and his wife. 5:16 Nugent reads Thurber's parable in pictures, "The Last Flower" about the end of civilization, the rebuilding of civilization, its destruction once again by war, and the only remaining woman, man and flower (so the cycle can begin again). Thurber dedicated this to his daughter in the hope that she has a better world than his to live in. Elliot Nugent, actor / director / playwright Bill Baird's puppets
1958
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