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Houston’s New Poet Laureate Hopes To Change Lives And TUTS Presents “Jerome Robbins’ Broadway”

The recently-appointed Houston Poet Laureate shares how poetry can used for healing, and a Tony Award-winning classic is reborn.

  • Leslie Contreras Schwartz and scene from "Jerome Robbins' Broadway" (Photo Credit: Danielle Chisler Photography and Melissa Taylor)
    Leslie Contreras Schwartz and scene from "Jerome Robbins' Broadway" (Photo Credit: Danielle Chisler Photography and Melissa Taylor)
  • Leslie Contreras Schwartz, Houston Poet Laureate (Photo Credit: Danielle Chisler Photography)
    Leslie Contreras Schwartz, Houston Poet Laureate (Photo Credit: Danielle Chisler Photography)
  • Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner honors Poet Laureate Leslie Contreras Schwartz at a public reception on May 20, 2019 at the Julia Ideson Building, Houston Public Library. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of City of Houston)
    Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner honors Poet Laureate Leslie Contreras Schwartz at a public reception on May 20, 2019 at the Julia Ideson Building, Houston Public Library. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of City of Houston)
  • Houston Poet Laureate Leslie Contreras Schwartz speaks at a celebratory public reception on May 20, 2019 at the Julia Ideson Building, Houston Public Library. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of City of Houston)
    Houston Poet Laureate Leslie Contreras Schwartz speaks at a celebratory public reception on May 20, 2019 at the Julia Ideson Building, Houston Public Library. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of City of Houston)
  • L-R: Debbie McNulty (Director, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs), Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson (Director, Houston Public Library), Leslie Contreras Schwartz (Houston Poet Laureate) & Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (Photo Credit: Courtesy of City of Houston)
    L-R: Debbie McNulty (Director, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs), Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson (Director, Houston Public Library), Leslie Contreras Schwartz (Houston Poet Laureate) & Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (Photo Credit: Courtesy of City of Houston)
  • Dan Knechtges, TUTS Artistic Director (Photo Credit: www.danknectges.com)
    Dan Knechtges, TUTS Artistic Director (Photo Credit: www.danknectges.com)
  • The Cast of the TUTS production of "Jerome Robbins’ Broadway" (Photo Credit: Erick Velazquez)
    The Cast of the TUTS production of "Jerome Robbins’ Broadway" (Photo Credit: Erick Velazquez)
  • Giselle O. Alvarez as “Maria” and Tyler Hanes as “Tony” in the TUTS production of "Jerome Robbins’ Broadway" (Photo Credit: Melissa Taylor)
    Giselle O. Alvarez as “Maria” and Tyler Hanes as “Tony” in the TUTS production of "Jerome Robbins’ Broadway" (Photo Credit: Melissa Taylor)
  • The Cast of the TUTS production of "Jerome Robbins’ Broadway" (Photo Credit: Melissa Taylor)
    The Cast of the TUTS production of "Jerome Robbins’ Broadway" (Photo Credit: Melissa Taylor)

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In this episode of "Unwrap Your Candies Now," Catherine Lu chats with Leslie Contreras Schwartz as she kicks off her two-year term as Houston Poet Laureate. The native Houstonian describes her plan to tackle mental health through poetry, and she reads "Roots" – a poem inspired by gardening and the urge to grow even under the harshest circumstances.

Ernie Manouse talks with Dan Knechtges, artistic director of Theatre Under The Stars, about the rarely-staged 1989 Tony Award-winning musical Jerome Robbins' Broadway. A love letter to Broadway's golden age, this musical anthology wraps up TUTS' 50th Anniversary Season and includes scenes from On the Town, Peter Pan, The King and I, Fiddler on the Roof and West Side Story.

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Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

Senior Content Producer & Announcer

While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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