The Tie That Binds
Carol Samson, a faculty member of The University Writing Program, has adapted Kent Haruf’s first novel, The Tie that Binds, for stage performance at The SteamPlant Theatre in Salida, Colorado. Haruf was a resident of Salida. He died there in November 2014, and over the winter this year, an arts organization, The Friends of the SteamPlant, asked Carol to adapt a piece of Haruf’s writing as a celebration of his work and as a benefit for the Haruf hospice organization, Sunset Home. While his late novels had been staged by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, she was pleased to acquire the rights to adapt his first novel, The Tie that Binds, winner of the PEN/Hemingway award. She adapted the work into a two-hour theatre piece that will use 10 actors and 88 slide projections to tell the story of Edith Goodnough, a woman raised on the eastern plains of Colorado in Haruf’s imagined town of Holt, Colorado. The novel is part Faulknerian gothic, part parable, and part cultural study. It is a poetic treatment of the land and the people who framed eastern Colorado, farmed in treeless and sand-filled acreage, and endured.
Professor Heather Martin received the University of Denver’s award for “Service Learning Faculty Member of the Year,” joining her colleague Liz Drogin, who received that same award two years ago. The entire Writing Program received the Community-Engaged Department of the Year Award in 2012.
First-year student Maggie Sava (far right) with members of her family at the Writing Program Composium, held May 14. Maggie discussed a piece she’d written about her grandmother (second from left) who served as an observer in the Denver Public Schools during the tumultuous school desegregation effort in the 1960s.
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