Theatre Department Presents Spoon River Anthology

Asbury University’s Theatre and Cinema Performance program will present “Spoon River Anthology,” a theatrical interpretation of Edgar Lee Masters’ collection of poems, at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 26, 27 and 28.

The original poems, which were published in the early 1900s, describe life in the fictional small town of Spoon River from the point of view of the deceased citizens in a nearby cemetery. “Spoon River Anthology” has become known for its characters’ honest portrayal of small-town life, enabled by the lack of consequences or inhibitions in truth-telling for people who are already dead. Kate Goodwin, production manager at the Kentucky Conservatory Theatre and adjunct faculty at Asbury, is directing the show; the student director is Hollyn Scanlon ’17.

“One of the themes of the show is that death is the great equalizer,” said freshman Jaina Ruch, one of the cast members. “There are characters who had great lives and characters who had terrible lives, characters who were rich and poor, healthy and sick, smart and stupid, but in the end they all are dead and buried in Spoon River. Some give lessons for the audience to learn, and others are just trying to get their stories off their chests and be at peace.”

The book of poems includes more than 200 characters, some of whose stories interact with other characters. The performance at Asbury will feature more than 15 cast members, as well students involved in various functions of the crew.

“I have a rough time picking only one favorite character,” said Scanlon. “They each bring so different a spirit and energy to the stage. I will say that the piece performed by seniors Josh Heinlein and William Summay is absolutely brilliant, their harmonies and unison is impeccable.”

The performance will take place in the Greathouse Theatre located in Asbury’s Miller Center for Communication Arts. General admission tickets are $6 and are available at the door.

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