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Roseburg Objects To The Play "Roseburg"

Liam Moriarty/JPR News

Art imitates life, but not always without controversy. 

Many people in the Roseburg area objected when Philadelphia playwright Ginger Dayle wrote and staged a play about the mass shooting last year at Umpqua Community College called simply "Roseburg."

The shooting is just part of the story; the other part is a Roseburg appearance by Bobby Kennedy just the day before he lost the Oregon primary in 1968.  Kennedy himself was murdered a few weeks later.  Ginger Dayle explores her motivations in writing "Roseburg" in a visit to The Exchange. 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.