The Whitman College Magazine Online
Inside Cover

December 2000

The Whitman Collection

Nagle Jackson, ’58, has published several new plays: This Day and Age, Taking Leave, and A Hotel on Marvin Gardens. Hotel also will appear in the upcoming Smith & Kraus anthology Best New Plays by New Playwrights.

Taking Leave, based on Jackson’s own experience as a caregiver to his aging mother, was nominated for Best Play of 1998 by the American Drama Critics Association. It will be translated into Chinese and presented this summer in Beijing, Jackson said.

Taking Leave and A Hotel on Marvin Gardens both premiered at the Denver Center Theatre Company, winner of a Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Hotel, a comedy revolving around a game of Monopoly, explores such themes as the role of greed in American society and cultural obsession with “stuff.”

This Day and Age, which debuted at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, also is a comedy in which important life issues surface. It centers on a widow and how she handles her grown children who want to move back into the family’s home.

Jackson’s plays, which are published by Dramatists Play Service of New York, have run nationwide, and he has won many awards, including the 1997 Onassis Foundation International Award.

Keith Pohs, ’94, offers a comprehensive guidebook to the climate, geology, flora, and fauna of northeastern Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains in The Wallowa Mountains: A Natural History Guide, published by Northwest Mountain Works, Portland, Oregon.

Pohs draws on studies by notable geologists, ecologists, and other scientists, as well as his personal observations to explain the natural forces that shaped the Wallowa country. The book features his own photography.

Pohs earned a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University in 1999 and is currently a biological science technician with the USGS Colorado Plateau Field Station in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Dirk Benedict, ’67, actor and author of two autobiographies (Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy, And Then Love Went Fishing) has written and directed his first feature film, Cahoots, starring Keith Carradine. The film will be shown at the Victoria International Film and Video Festival, in Victoria, B.C., this sprint. It also has been chosen to be part of closing ceremonies at one of the largest European film festivals, Finale Plzen, April 23-29.

Patty Latourette Lucas, ’47, Medina, Washington, celebrated the publication of her 10th book, Bridging the Generations, which relates the history of the 100-year-old Manson Construction Company, founded as a waterfront construction business in Seattle.

Whitman Magazine
Past Issues