Guest Biographies
SATURDAY, April 18, 1998

Walter Bobbie
Roy Blount, Jr.
Danielle Di Vecchio
Tracy Thorne

Walter Bobbie directed the current revival of Chicago, which earned him a 1997 Tony Award for Best Director. He continues to put up more touring productions of Chicago, which The New York Times called a "pulse-racing revival" and hailed Bobbie's work as "delightfully inventive direction [that] sustains just the right tone of heady irony." Bobbie is also an actor with a long list of Broadway and off-Broadway credits. He received a Drama Desk nomination for his performance as Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls. Other New York credits include Assassins, Getting Married, Anything Goes, CafŽ Crown, Driving Miss Daisy, Up From Paradise, I Love My Wife, A History of the American Film, Dames At Sea, and the original Grease. He has appeared on numerous televison shows and in films including Edie and Pen, Stephen King's Thinner, and The First Wives' Club. Bobbie conceived and directed Rodgers and Hammerstein's A Grand Night for Singing at the Roundabout Theatre; directed Christopher Durang's Durang, Durang, six one-act plays at the Manhattan Theater Club; and worked with Andrea Martin on her one-woman show, Nude Nude Totally Nude.

Roy Blount, Jr. is a humorist, sportswriter, poet, performer, lecturer, dramatist, and the author of more than a dozen books. Blount grew up in Decatur, Georgia, received his bachelor's from Vanderbilt and his master's from Harvard. After a brief stint in the Army, he was a reporter, columnist, and part-time English instructor in Atlanta before becoming a writer and editor for Sports Illustrated, where he worked from 1968 until 1975, when he became a freelancer. He is currently a contributing editor for The Atlantic and Men's Journal, and he tells us that his pieces have been published in 111 different publications, including (the old) New Yorker, Playboy, Vanity Fair, GQ, Life, TV Guide, Vogue, Rolling Stone, National Geographic, and Organic Gardening. His work has also appeared in 104 books, including The Best of Modern Humor, The Elvis Reader, The Ultimate Baseball Book, The Sophisticated Cat, Roy Blount's Book of Southern Humor, and two new books coming out in May and June: a memoir entitled Be Sweet: A Conditional Love Story, and a dog book called If Only You Knew How Much I Smell You, with photographs by Valerie Shaff. For various publications and TV networks, Blount has covered the 1992 party conventions, the Civil Rights movement, the Ku Klux Klan, Saturday Night Live in its prime, and Elvis' funeral. His work has taken him to every U.S. state except three, to China and Uganda, and even onto a stage in front of a live audience. In fact, his one-man show at the American Place Theatre was described by The New Yorker as "the most humorous and engaging 50 minutes in town" and was later expanded into Roy Blount's Happy Hour and a Half. In films, he has portrayed Truman Capote, an irate grocery shopper, and himself as reporter.

Danielle Di Vecchio has an extensive theatrical background and has appeared in productions by Playwright's Horizons, H.E.R.E., Expanded Arts, and The Belmont Playhouse. She can be also seen in two independent films: Wayne Kopping's A Fool Against Men and Christine Fernandez's short, On the Sly. Di Vecchio has performed her one-woman show, Vehicular Confusion, around Manhattan and has staged, in her living room, readings of her play Two Emma Thompsons Sitting Around Talking. She is a theater arts graduate of UMASS Amherst and the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut. Di Vecchio is currently studying with Seth Barish of The Barrow Group, with whom she recently completed a workshop production of Jane Anderson's The Baby Dance. She can also be seen next month in an NBC movie, Witness to the Mob.

After graduating from Smith, Tracy Thorne moved to London to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She remained in London after her schooling was finished, but now has moved to New York City, where she has a busy acting and writing career. Thorne has appeared with the York Theatre Company, the Ensemble Studio Theatre, and New York Theatre Workshop, among others. And she's been seen on screens both big and small: in films such as One Night Stand and Leaving Las Vegas and on television on Law and Order, One Live to Live, and Guiding Light.

Old Sweet Songs: A Prairie Home Companion 1974-1976

Old Sweet Songs

Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).

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