The New Frontier Theatre Company Actor’s Workshop has scheduled two tour de force one-woman productions for March at the College of the Siskiyous Black Box Theater in Weed.
Thamar Wherrit stars in “Oldest Living Confederate Widow: Her Confession” by Allan Garganus and Jane Holding; and Kim Nile stars in “Shirley Valentine” by Willy Russell.
“Oldest Living Confederate Widow” will be performed March 16 and 24 at 7 p.m., with a matinee on March 18 at 2 p.m.
“Shirley Valentine” will be performed March 17 and 23 at 7 p.m., with a matinee on March 25 at 2 p.m.
Both plays are directed by Bennett Gale, artistic director for New Frontier and Actor’s Workshop. To purchase/reserve tickets or for more information call 530-232-5431.
New Frontier Theatre put out the following information about the shows:
Oldest Living Confederate Widow
Lucille is 15 when she is married to Captain William More Marsden, a 50-year-old Civil War veteran. The connection is deep and strong, but the 40-year marriage calls on every reserve of patience, tolerance, ingenuity, compassion and strength at her disposal.
As the last surviving veteran of that war, Capt. Marsden has been interviewed many times and has endlessly told his stories to the press and to Lucy and their nine children.
This is the first time Lucille, now 99, a born storyteller has been asked to tell her story. In its telling she reveals the secret she’s kept for nearly half a century. Her story is laced with humor, pathos and an extraordinary richness of language, all based on a foundation of love. It will surprise you.
Running time is 1 hour, 10 minutes with no intermission. For mature audiences.
Inside Mrs. Joe Bradshaw, a 42-year-old mother of two grown children, is the former Shirley Valentine longing to get out. Her hope and self-confidence badly shattered by school, marriage, and life, she is reduced to talking to the kitchen wall whilst preparing her husband’s evening meal.
When unexpected adventure calls, Shirley seizes the opportunity and goes, to encounter a totally different lifestyle. Shirley, breaking out of the mold cast for her by society, shines brilliantly with humor, warm sympathy, and human insight.
“A joyful, captivating piece of theatre.” The New York Daily News.
Running time is 2 hours, 15 minutes with one intermission. For mature audiences.