Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Local News

September 15, 2013

On stage, Kokomo a little lacking

Famous playwright Booth Tarkington may have hailed from Indianapolis, but he didn’t write out Kokomo as the conclusive and happy destination in his 1908 play, “The Man from Home.” It's a tale of a lawyer who leaves his home in Kokomo to visit Italy and, ultimately, returns happily ever after to his Hoosier roots. The play was turned into a drama film, first in 1914 by Cecil B. DeMille, and again in 1922 with Alfred Hitchcock listed as the title designer of the play-turned-film. While DeMille’s version remains in the Library of Congress, Hitchcock’s version is rumored to be a “lost film.” However, both films’ plots drastically differ from Tarkington’s perspective of the play and on the silver screen the Kokomo reference is eliminated. Regardless of Kokomo’s elimination when the play went Hollywood, local thespians say they believe in Kokomo’s early ties to the arts.Steve Hughes, Kokomo Civic Theatre executive director, said knowing Kokomo had a presence in the performing arts so long ago might inspire someone to revisit the theatrical writings of that era.

“It’s interesting for Kokomo to take a look at [a play] that has references to Kokomo,” Hughes said. “It shows how we fit in the arts and literature; it may be worthwhile for us to look into doing [the play] or do a reading of [the play] to let Kokomo know we’re mentioned.”Joann Kaiser, a lecturer in communication arts at Indiana University Kokomo, said Kokomo references in the arts, especially in plays, give students a deeper connection to their crafts.“[Being able to act or study in a play that references Kokomo] would encourage [students] to know that their lives, no matter how ordinary or simple it might be, could have a spark of interest with other people if they’d look at it in a creative way,” Kaiser said.Hughes said Kokomo’s pop culture references are representative of what Kokomo has to offer, and has always had to offer. “I think it is good to know that some substantial works of theater have come from Indiana,” Hughes said. “The writings aren’t just from East Coast or West Coast, but Indiana has a history of involvement in literature and so does Kokomo.”

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Two face attempted murder for Wednesday shooting Kokomo police arrested two men on attempted murder charges stemming from a Wednesday afternoon shooting in the area of South Union and Harrison streets. No one was injured. Officers converged on the area about 3:30 p.m. to numerous reports of shots f

    April 24, 2014

  • 2nd UPDATE: 1 found dead after apartment fire near Purdue

    Authorities say one person was found dead after a fire that badly burned an apartment building where many Purdue University students live near the campus.

    April 24, 2014

  • Art FOr the Sky Wallace School hosts Indiana’s first Art for the Sky project From the ground, the crowd gathered at Wallace School of Integrated Arts on Wednesday seemed like nothing more than people in colorful T-shirts standing in odd groups. But with "sky sight," the formation took on the large-scale image of a paint palet

    April 24, 2014 3 Photos

  • City acquires more right of way for Nickel Plate Trail extension The city of Kokomo acquired another piece of land for the construction of the Nickel Plate Trail in its quest to extend the trail from county line to county line. The city's Board of Public Works and Safety approved a recreational trail easement that

    April 24, 2014

  • County residents speak out against wind energy As debate continues over the construction of wind turbines in Howard County and its neighbors, residents are turning up the heat on officials in an effort to stop development in the southeast corner of the county. Concerned citizens spoke out during

    April 24, 2014

  • Driver in fatal hit and run on Center Road pleads guilty The driver of a truck involved in an August hit-and-run crash that killed a 13-year-old boy could get as much as seven years behind bars if a judge accepts his plea. Randall K. Rector, 58, pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a crash resulting in d

    April 24, 2014

  • TUFF CURBS Locals upset over Markland curb plans Plans to eliminate left-hand turns along the city's busiest business corridor caused a major uproar Tuesday. Business owners, city officials and state legislators spent much of Tuesday and Wednesday on the phone protesting to Indiana Department of Tr

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police reports Howard County Arrests Tuesday, 4:34 p.m., police arrested Alisha Whitt, 27, 500 block of South Washington Street, at that residence, on a parole violation. Tuesday, 6:21 p.m., police arrested a 15-year-old male in the 400 block of West Sycamore Stree

    April 24, 2014

  • Eastern to move forward with $2M renovation to jr./sr. high school GREENTOWN -- Renovations at Eastern Sr./Jr. High will continue this summer after the board of education on Tuesday approved spending another $2 million on the final stage of upgrades. There will be no net impact on taxes, which has been a priority fo

    April 24, 2014

  • Volunteers still helping tornado victims Back in March, volunteers set out to inform tornado-ravaged neighborhoods there is still help out there. The small group of volunteers, part of the Long Term Recovery Team, took to the streets of the worst areas hit by the Nov. 17 tornadoes, passing

    April 24, 2014

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
US Proposes Pay-for-priority Internet Standards Wife Mourns Chicago Doctor Killed in Afghanistan FDA Proposes Regulations on E-cigarettes Kerry Warns Russia of Expensive New Sanctions Mideast Peace Talks Stall on Hamas Deal Cody Walker Remembers His Late Brother Paul Grieving South Korea Puts Up Yellow Ribbons Raw: Kerry Brings His Dog to Work Raw: Girls Survive Car Crash Into Their Bedroom Three U.S. Doctors Killed by Afghan Security Yankees' Pineda Suspended 10 Games for Pine Tar Colleagues Mourn Death of Doctors in Afghanistan Ukraine Launches Operation Against Insurgents Obama Reassures Japan on China Raw: Car Crashes Into San Antonio Pool Time Magazine Announces Top Influencers List Raw: Angry Relatives Confront SKorea Officials Bigger Riders Means Bigger Horses Out West Yankees Pineda Ejected for Pine Tar Deadly Fungus Killing Bats, Spreading in US
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Obituaries