Spoon River Anthology

Starts:Friday, February 15, 2013  7:30 PMEnds:Saturday, February 23, 2013  10:00 PM
Cost: Tickets are on sale at the Liberty Theatre Box Office, 1203 Commercial, Astoria 503-325-5922 Ext. 55 or through Ticketswest.com 1-800-992-8499

Dates:

Friday, February 15, 2013

Time:7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Time:7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Time:3:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Friday, February 22, 2013

Time:7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Time:7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Event Description:

By Edgar Lee Masters adapted by Charles Aidman with music from the original 1966 Broadway Production.

Starring: Ann Bronson, Bill Honl, Sofie Kline and Chuck Bassett

Directed by Sen Incavo

The former citizens of the fictional town of Spoon River, Illinois tell us the truth about their lives in autobiographic epitaphs. The play is indicative of every small town's lives, loves, and losses.

Spoon River Anthology was written by Edgar Lee Masters in 1915. Master's created a fictional town called Spoon River that is near the real Spoon River that ran near his home town.

Each poem is an epitaph of a dead citizen, delivered by the dead themselves. They recite their histories and turning points in their lives and tell how they really died. Because the dead have no reason to lie or fear the consequences the audience gets a picture of Spoon River stripped of all its facades.

Some of the characters are based on real people that Edgar Lee Masters knew or heard of in the two towns in which he grew up, Petersburg and Lewiston, Illinois. Most notable is Ann Rutledge, regarded in local legend to be Abraham Lincoln's early love interest though there is no actual proof of such a relationship. Rutledge's grave can still be found in a Petersburg cemetery.

Charles Aidman, conceived, adapted and arranged Spoon River Anthology for the stage and the singers add musical interlude and underscoring with such songs as Far Away From Home, The Water is Wide and He's Gone Away.

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