On this day in 1869, Newton Booth Tarkington was born. The Grand Old Partisan noted Tarkington’s birthday today, specifically because of Tarkington’s political commitments. Well… happy bi(R)thday to you, Booth! And just to help Booth celebrate (may he [R]IP), the city of Indianapolis made the following announcement just last week: “Booth Tarkington School located at 6550 E. 42nd Street will be demolished, officials said. A timeline has not been set. Eight other schools will be converted to storage or used for other purposes.”
All the Broadway news outlets today carried a press release about Keen Company’s announced 2008-2009… which will feature a stage adaptation of Tarkington’s Beasley’s Christmas Party. Keen artistic director Carl Forsman is reportedly still at work on the script, with four months still to go before rehearsals begin. I’ll be following reports on this production pretty closely, having written and published my own stage adaptation of Beasley just last year.
The Indianapolis Star reports this week that Booth Tarkington’s longtime home on North Meridian Street in Indianapolis, which has been on the market for some time, has been purchased and is in the process of updating its interior. The good news is that the current owners respect Tarkington’s legacy, and hope to “take it back to what it was when Booth Tarkington entertained here,” according to co-owner Doris Anne Sadler.