The Cincinnati Opera has announced its 100th anniversary season which will feature five operas including the world premiere of “Fierce,” an opera by librettist Sheila Williams and composer William Menefield. Performance Dates: June 24-28, 2020.

Author Sheila Williams joins Elaine Diehl to talk about seeing her words turned into a film, as well as her upcoming project with the Cincinnati Opera. Listen on Cincinnati Public Radio

Juanita – Available on Netflix

Juanita, a new film based on Sheila Williams’ book “Dancing on the Edge of the Roof” was directed by Clark Johnson from a screenplay by Roderick Spencer and starring Alfre Woodard and Blair Underwood.

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Burdened by troubles in life and love, a mother of three grown children searches for hope and healing on an impromptu trip to Paper Moon, Montana.

“That “Juanita” is based on a book is no surprise. It is satisfying like a well-written novel and draws out its cast of characters without losing sight of the main character.” –Lemon Wire

“…a feel-good movie with fresh humor and nuance” –People’s World

Photos taken at the New York City screening for “Juanita”

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The Paper Moon Diner window
(Courtesy of Stephanie Allain’s twitter page)

Paper Moon Diner window


Director Clark Johnson, Script writer Roderick Spencer,
Producer Stephanie Allain, Actor Alfre Woodard, Producer Mel Jones
(Courtesy of Stephanie Allain’s twitter page)

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