Oz in the News 7.2.17

L. Frank Baum Play At The Coronado Library, July 5 Famed author L. Frank Baum will be the subject of J. D. Newman’s solo play “The Man Behind the Curtain” in the Library Winn Room on Wednesday, July 5 at 6:30 p.m. Baum is the main character in the play, best known as the author of “The Wizard of Oz” and 13 other Oz books. The play is set on the stage of the Hudson Theatre as one of Baum’s theatrical productions has been cancelled and the “Royal Historian of Oz” offers the audience his own story of how he found his way to “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Before finding his calling as a writer of children’s stories, Baum struggled to make his living as an actor, director, store-owner, baseball team secretary, small-town newspaper editor, reporter, and traveling salesman. In the play, Baum tells how each of his professions developed his abilities as a storyteller and how he transformed his dreams and nightmares into his best known story. His life intersects with American notables including author Charles Dickens, inventor Thomas Edison, and his mother-in-law and women’s suffrage leader, Matilda Joslyn Gage.



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