By Tim Smith

On June 6th, the world paused to remember the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

May the ground gained forever be retained. To all the families impacted during the past seven and one half decades, we honor and salute you.

For theater aficionados, it is our national championships – as tonight brings the Tony Awards for the 2018-2019 season. The famed New York City landmark Radio City Music Hall hosts the ceremony.

I thought you might enjoy a brief history of the award that was first presented in 1947, making it the second oldest of the four major competitive performance honors.

The others are, in order of their first awarding, beginning with the Oscar in 1929, for film work done in 1927 and 1928, The Tony's-1947, the Emmy-1949, and the Grammy -1959.

For more information, I encourage you to visit The American Theatre Wing's website to savor the work the greater theater community does to ensure that the art form is secure and vibrant for a new generation.

The Tony Awards are named for Antoinette Perry, whose life presents a timeless, service oriented profile.

From her Wikipedia site: "(Ms.) Perry helped found, and was chairwoman and secretary of, the American Theater Wing, which operated the Stage Door Canteens during World War II, providing entertainment to servicemen in several American cities. After her death, her friends and colleagues took action to memorialize her contribution to the high standards of American theater."

It is important to remember the foundation of these creative awards, especially during these turbulent times when social media continues to dominate the conversations and undermines the live performance experience.

Tim(e) Travels: Speaking of live performance: I'm proud of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma and its local Arts Council, (founded in 2004), and its ongoing commitments to expanding arts appreciation in the South Central part of the state.

We recently attended its 5th Friday Art Walk. The council is particularly focusing its efforts on returning live theater back into its regular programming.

Arts and About: Summer is upon us, and with the travel that you enjoy, please support summer theater productions wherever you encounter them, in our towns.

Food for thought, or better yet, a banquet of surprises: I leave you with this quote from Theatre Communications Group, (TCG), and its website. "TCG exists to strengthen, nurture, and promote the professional not for profit American theatre."

From TCG's Executive Director, Teresa Eyring: "You may have noticed something special is happening in our theatre field. You can see it in the sea-change of theatre leadership chronicled in American Theatre (magazine). Or when a playwright is named to Time's Top 100 Most Influential People. Or when the New York Times cites playwrights as best-suited to envision the future. Or when Forbes dubs the arts, 'The Great Unappreciated Engine Of The U.S. Economy' ... In a time when direct human contact is a luxury good, its no wonder that more and more people are turning toward the theatre."

Play, ahead.

Welcoming you into the room, and provoking conversations, since '06

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