Photo Flash: Adobe Theater to Present Premiere of W. G. Allen's LOST LETTER
Sometimes the appearance of a simple story contains universal issues such as loss, abandonment, renewal, and hope for the future. Set in Depression era dustbowl Oklahoma, W.G.Allen''s play, Lost Letter grapples with all of these with love and humor.
It is November, 1935, and the U.S. Government has found an 18 year old letter written to a resident of the small town of Oxbow, Oklahoma. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, enjoying the popularity of his 'Fireside Chats,' has decided to have the letter delivered on a live radio broadcast, hoping this will provide a "shot of hope" to counter the seemingly endless rigors of The Depression and The Dust Bowl. When the government official assigned to arrange the broadcast arrives in Oxbow, what he discovers threatens to turn what could have been a great human interest story into a disaster for everyone concerned... especially for the people of Oxbow!
Director George Williams says he has a "special passion" for this play, only partly because he is also the author! Williams has directed a number of productions in Oklahoma, written many others, and he appeared as the deceived Orgon in the ADOBE's recent production of "Tartuffe." Williams says: "Lost Letter is, in essence, a slice of Americana. It's a story of country folk and city folk, who are sometimes in conflict, but who are all trying to do the right thing in a very difficult time and situation."
The country folk include Jib Barlow (played by Katie Mitchell), her Aunt Bernice (Stephanie Larragoite), local widow Maude Carter (Patricia Thompson), and local craftsmen Charley Peterson (Tom Monahan) and "Grits" Parker (Stephen Zamora). The city folk are ably represented by government official Aaron Wilcox (Alan Hudson), WPA worker Clay Brady (Micah Linford), radio technician Ron Vincenti (Tim Riley), and the famous radio announcer T. Jefferson Booth (Clifton Chadwick).
Lost Letter, a new play by W. G. Allen, opens at the ADOBE on October 25 and runs through November 17, performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM. Tickets are only $15, students and seniors $13. Reservations: 898-9222 weekdays or www.adobetheater.org anytime.
Patricia Thompson and Clifton Chadwick