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Joan Tupponce

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Joan Tupponce is a national award-winning journalist who has been freelancing since 1989. Her articles have appeared in the New York Daily News, Teen Beat, Seventeen, Challenge magazine, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Virginian-Pilot, Richmond magazine, Virginia Living, Virginia Business, Virginia Golfer and more. She has also written for the public relations area of Sports Illustrated. Her broadcast experience includes radio and television reviews, travelogues and celebrity interviews. Joan is also a Richmond area theater critic.

Articles by Joan Tupponce

First Baptist of Ivy Gap

The women of Ivy Gap who’ve gathered in the church meeting room at First Baptist have as much to learn about themselves as they do each other. Barksdale Theatre at Hanover Tavern’s current production of “First Baptist of Ivy Gap” introduces us to Luby, Olene, Mae Ellen, Edith, Sammy and Vera, who have come together to help the war effort and discuss plans for the church’s 75th anniversary.

The Grapes of Wrath

For its newest production, Barksdale Theatre has partnered with Theatre VCU to produce “The Grapes of Wrath.” The adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel follows the Joad family’s forced relocation from Oklahoma’s Dust Bowl to the green, more fertile lands of California during one of the darkest, most disheartening times in America’s history.

Radium Girls

The discovery of the effects of environmental hazards on humans is a strong storyline in courtroom dramas – think Erin Brockovich and A Civil Action. That same this-could-have-been-prevented theme holds true in Radium Girls now playing at Chamberlayne Actors Theatre.

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