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40 years ago: The show mustn’t go on: KU play interrupted by storm, power outage

July 8, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 8, 1973:

  • A storm earlier this week had interrupted a local theater production. Midway through a scene in "Shakespeare's Women" at the Kansas University Experimental Theatre, a power failure had plunged the cast and 22 spectators into darkness. The show had continued in the dark for a few minutes until stage manager Art Sloan had announced that unless the electricity returned, the audience would be ushered downstairs to the green room. Ten minutes later, the cast, crew, and audience were brought downstairs, where they sat in the glow of the exit signs (powered by an emergency source) while listening to local radio for weather updates. A call to the Security and Parking Department revealed that power lines were down around Murphy Hall, so the group had stayed put until an all-clear was announced at 10:30 p.m. Electricity in Murphy Hall had not been restored until the following morning.
  • The Clinton Blacktop, the main access road between Clinton and Lawrence, was to be closed in three days, according to Kenneth Rowen, resident engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The closing of the road had been a point of contention for Clinton area residents, who were left with only one northern access. Dean Sanderson, county public works director, said that residents could travel three miles south, then east and northeast to the Lone Star Lake road, which connected with the Clinton Blacktop at Banning Corner. He added that part of that route would eventually become part of the Clinton "circumference road."


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