Guilford Center Stage opens its fourth year with Spoon River on May 4-6 at the Broad Brook Community Center in Guilford. The modern American classic will be performed in a new adaptation for the stage by Guilford playwright, Michael Nethercott, who directs the play. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday afternoon at 2 pm. Tickets are $10 general admission.
The original book of epitaph-monologues, Spoon River Anthology, by Chicago lawyer, Edgar Lee Masters, created a sensation when first published in 1915, both for its direct, free-verse style, and for what was regarded as its scandalous exposure of the dark underside of a typical American small town. From the original collection of over 200 town characters, Nethercott has selected about 70 for this adaptation.
Michael Nethercott’s award-winning plays have included premieres of two one-acts and a full-length play in past Guilford Center Stage seasons. He has also published two mystery novels.
A company of 16 community actors, including many familiar from the past five Guilford productions, will perform the play, which also includes music and dancing. Scenic design is by Jason Clark, assisted by Maria Pugnetti; lighting and sound is provided by Katia Morosan, and wardrobe is managed by the director and assisting cast members. Stage manager is Susan Shedd.
Cast members are Beverly Miller, Robert Tucker, Joel Kaemmerlen, William Stearns, Marvin Shedd, Richard Epstein, Joshua Cunningham, Jan van Oene, Maggie McGlone-Jennings, Julie Holland, Cris Parker-Jennings, Jenny Holan, Maryann Kelley Parrott, Carolyn Taylor-Olson, Evelyn McLean, and Sheala Holland.
The May production is up a flight of stairs at Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Road. General admission is $10 at the door. Advance tickets & more info are at <spoonrivervt.brownpapertickets.com> or may be ordered at 1-800-838-3006.
The season will continue with the third year of Stage and Stream, theater and library camp for 9-13 year olds, co-produced with the Guilford Free Library and free for Guilford kids. For further information on the camp, contact Guilford Librarian Cathi Wilken, 257-4603.
And this year of “river anthologies” will conclude with a revival of Verandah Porche’s Guilford 250th play, Broad Brook Anthology, in November, at the Guilford Center Meeting House.