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Alabama Types: Poets, Playwrights & Storytellers

November 15, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


   Alabama Types: Poets, Playwrights & Storytellers, will open in The University Gallery, 620 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, for the city’s First Friday art walk, November 2, and run through December 7, 2018.  The Tuscaloosa show will conclude a Southeastern traveling exhibition of vintage typewriters, arranged by The Southern Literary Trail and made possible by LAPD Commission President Steve Soboroff who has accumulated “the world’s greatest typewriter collection” per The Huffington Post.  The Soboroff Collection was first exhibited in the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, California, and attracted nationwide press attention. 

The exhibit here at the University Gallery wiil feature the Soboroff Typewriter Collection and additional artifacts from some of the greatest writers in history, most with a connection to the state of Alabama.

  The Soboroff Typewriter Collection features typewriters from Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Ernest Hemingway, Gore Vidal, George Bernard Shaw, Tom Hanks, Ray Bradbury, John Lennon and Maya Angelou. Unique to the UA show, we will add the typewriters of novelist William Bradford Huie (The Americanization of Emily), Black History writer James Haskins (The Cotton Club), and Harper Lee. Artifacts unique to the UA exhibit will be Lillian Hellman's typed correspondences and an original, never-before seen painting by Tennessee Williams. 


Sponsored by The University of Alabama College of Arts & Sciences, The Alabama Humanities Foundation and The Southern Literary Trail, and endorsed by the Alabama Bicentennial Commission.


In addition to the gallery exhibit, a special slate of events and programs will be produced and performed with Free Admission for Faculty, Students and Public:


Friday, November 2.  Exhibit opens on First Friday with docents from the Improbable Fictions troupe, organized by Steve and Deborah. University Gallery downtown.  Arts Center Bar service begins at 5 p.m.


Sunday, November 4.  An Alabama Live Read of the film script to Truman Capote’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

Exclusively authorized by the Truman Capote Literary Trust and Paramount Pictures and Performed by Theatre & Dance Students directed by Annie Levy.  Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center.  Exhibit opens at 1 p.m. “Tiffany’s” read begins at 2 p.m.


Tuesday, November 6.  A Bama screening of the documentary film “California Typewriter” with filmmaker Doug Nichol for Q&A in the Greensboro Room, organized by Creative Writing.  7:30 p.m., Bama Theatre.


Thursday, November 8. “Meet Steve Soboroff and His Collection. The collector will be here at The University Gallery from 1-3pm as our guest of honor


Monday, November 12.  Annie Levy directs “Is My Verse Alive?” written by Steve Burch and starring Kelley Schoger as Emily Dickinson and Kyle Chesney as Tom Higginson.  Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center at 6:30 p.m. Exhibit remains open until showtime.


Sunday, December 2.  Reading by Theatre & Dance of Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory” for the Tuscaloosa Main Library Holiday House.   Between 3 and 4:30 p.m. Specific time to be announced.


Friday, December 8.  Closing First Friday.




November 15, 2018
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Daniel White