2007 Season

by Edgar Lee Mastersand
Directed by Sherry Santana

June 1, 2, 8, 9, 14, 15

Characters and Cast
Nicholas Brightwell
Katie Huber
Michael Margelos
Steven Ware
Trish Ware
Andrea Watkins
John O’ Loughlin

Director Sherry Santana has pulled a collection of beautiful, biting poems from Edgar Lee Masters’ The Spoon River Anthology and created a reader’s theatre piece that fits suitably on the Hard Bargain Amphitheatre’s stage.

The citizens of Spoon River are restless. Some have secrets, never told to a single soul. Others just have something to say, or an injustice to fight, or want to share lessons in life. All bring you into the lives of a town full of history.

Did I mention that these citizens reside on the hill in a Spoon River cemetery?

Edgar Lee Masters has written poems, all based on actual people of the towns in which he lived and all ahead of their time. Issues that one would never speak of a hundred years or so ago are given light and are just as controversial as they are now: infidelities, rape, molestation, homosexuality, alcoholism, murder, betrayal, religion, politics, and war.

Come join these talkative souls on an upcoming summer evening and be prepared to be taken away by this haunting combination of poetry and music.

by Davis Auburn
Directed by James D. Watson

August 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25

Characters and Cast
Robert: Bill Graves
Catherine: Missy Bell
Hal: Trey Thomas
Claire: Karen Lange

On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness—or genius—will she inherit?

by Abe Polsky
Directed by Brian Donohue

October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20

Characters and Cast
Sheriff George McKinstry: Bill Graves
John A. Sutter: David M. Thomas
Lewis Keseberg: Randy Tusing
James Reed: Mike Mortensen
William Eddy: Neil Twohig
Bill Foster: Brian Donohue
Phillipine Keseberg: Missy Bell
Margaret Reed: Melissa (Mel) Gilpin
Georgia Donner: Harper Kelsey Chagnon
Fallon Le Gros: Zeke Johnson

The action takes place at Sutter’s Fort, in northern California, in 1847. Lewis Keseberg, a German emigrant and survivor of the tragic Donner Party expedition, has brought a suit for slander against several other survivors, who have accused him of being a grave robber and murderer. As the trial testimony proceeds the awful facts of the expedition’s demise are revealed—the heavy snows which trapped them in the mountains; the starvation and death of women and children; the desperation which drove the few survivors to cannibalize the corpses of the dead. Keseberg does not deny the horror of what occurred, or the madness which made him a party to it, but he cannot live with the accusation that he deliberately killed for food and that he robbed the graves of the deceased. Ultimately he wins his case, but not before it is made eloquently clear that all involved will be burdened until the end of their lives with the terrible, numbing anguish of what they went through.

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