How deep are the divisions between the working class and elites in Appalachia? Between men and women? Between blacks and whites? When her husband loses his job, Sophie Lowe is exiled from her beloved home in Tennessee and condemned to purgatory in a company coal town in West Virginia. It is 1939, the waning years of the Great Depression. Samuel Lowe digs for coal in the worst years on record for mining deaths while Sophie strives to keep the family fed, safe, and clothed, and their three nearly-grown children scheme to escape. Sophie’s dreams of home collide with those of her family, the demands of her religion, and the motives of the mine owners, as her own secrets and theirs unearth fissures no one seems to be able to bridge.
On Cabin Creek stars James Riley, Kelly Ufford, Laurel Clark, Benjamin Ludiker, Scot Bastian, Kate Danley, Dan Niven, Janet Hietter, and James Lyle, with stage directions read by Steffani Powell and is directed by Oneda Harris.
The Speakeasy Players will play before the performance at 6:30 p.m., and during intermission. They are a Seattle bluegrass jam group that formed in 2016 after attending a class together in bluegrass at Seattle’s Dusty Strings. They’ve performed as a jam group regularly since then. Members are: Al Troupe, Jim Hutchinson, Larry Benitez, Karen Newell, Michael Kipling, Bonnie Stern Wasser, and Nan Butler
On Cabin Creek delves into darker themes and is for mature audiences.
Cast in Order of Appearance
CATHERINE LOWE - Kelly Ufford
CHARLIE COREY - James Riley
REVEREND HINCKLEY - Dan Niven
ELEANOR LOWE - Laurel Clark
HARLAN LOWE - Benjamin Ludiker
SAMUEL LOWE - Scot Bastian
SOPHIELOWE - Kate Danley
MRS. ELLIS/MRS. ROOSEVELT - Janet Hietter
MR. ELLIS - James Lyle
CHIMERICA - June 9, 2017
by Christopher Bailey
June 9, 2017
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
“Chimerica” is about a black male soldier named Kareem, between tours in the Middle East, who goes downstream in the deep south to visit Dale, the racist white father of a friend and fellow soldier killed in the line of duty. Who happens to have been a woman.
It’s not long before the niceties break down and the unhealed wounds that date back to slavery and Jim Crow explode, including with Dale’s Cambodian-American daughter-in-law, Nikki, who—feeling marginalized by the two alpha males—fights back against both.