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Something About the Blues
Program 913
Original Airdate: 1/12/1978

Subject Keywords
Afro-American actors
Afro-American actresses
Afro-American theater
Blues (music)
Television adaptations

Subject Genre
Public Affairs: Current Events

Personal Names
Johnson, Fred (Halim Adbur Rashid)

Corporate Names
Something About the Blues (teleplay)

Program Description
Program examines themes in blues music via a for-television version of Something About the Blues, a play by Fred Johnson. A "play within a play," Something About the Blues takes place in a nightclub during a final rehearsal for a television program about the blues, in which the actors choose to revise the play's subject matter and uses "real life" situations to illustrate the "singing of the blues." Examples are personal (rather than political), and include: heartbreak, unemployment, loneliness, suspicion, street crime, humor, misunderstanding, and sorrow. Directed by Elaine T. Koury (theater) and John A. Ross (music).

Producer
Barbara Barrow-Murray

Associate Producer
Beth Deare

Director
David Atwood

Performers
Mamie Anderson (actor)
Vernon F. Blackman (actor)
Adella Gautier (actor)
S. Leigh Hampton (actor)
Charlayne D. Haynes (actor)
Sharon Hope (actor)
Mickey Jones (actor)
Clifton Powell (actor)
Leroi S. Shelton (actor)
Barbara Ann Ware (actor)

Others
Karl Bostic (researcher)
Susan Brennan (audio)
Ron Buccheri (switcher)
Nancy Carey (intern)
Basil Chigas (lighting assistant)
Basil Chigas (crane)
Brian Clarke (assistant director)
Bill Fairweather (video)
Keith Handyside (video)
Rebecca Hill (fashion consultant)
Dick Holden (camera)
Carol Hugentugler (videotape recordist)
Nat Johnson (audio)
Pat Kane (videotape recordist)
Tiit Koppel (boom operator)
Frank Lane (boom operator)
Webster Lewis (theme music)
Gene Mackles (graphic designer)
Fran Mahard (scenic design)
Jim McKenna (lighting assistant)
Chas Norton (lighting assistant)
Chas Norton (crane)
Randy Norton (lighting assistant)
John Plausse (lighting director)
George Rivera (post-production supervisor)
George Rivera (production assistant)
Lee Smith (camera)
David St. Onge (videotape recordist)
Conrad White (stage manager)
Bob Wilson (camera)
Evelyn Wong (production assistant)

Formats
Master (WGBH program) 2" videotape (item number not yet assigned)
Original recording 1/4" audio reel (item number not yet assigned)
Preservation master beta SP cassette AP-00452
Preservation master D3 cassette AD3-00539A
Viewing copy 3/4" cassette 6115
Viewing copy 3/4" cassette -1 (item number not yet assigned)
Viewing copy 3/4" cassette -2 (item number not yet assigned)
Viewing copy 3/4" cassette -3 (item number not yet assigned)
Viewing copy 3/4" cassette -4 (item number not yet assigned)



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