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
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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