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  Those who appreciate life lessons often value personal accounts from our wiser generations, similar to the accounts                                                                                                                                                  William Clark
                                                                                                                                                                                 the Illinois River at
presented in Tuesdays with Maurie by Mitch album and Bare Feet and Bib Overalls by Herbert Fuqua. Imagine how much                     and low hills to where it empties into                                                          a        io                     andrea Crumb
                                                                                                                                                                                    it is named after a         . . . m evening of l satisfact
knowledge is left unaccounted for in the ether of death? It is marvelous to wonder what we could learn about life if the               Havana. as rivers go, it isn’t much and                                                         a                               Bryce Davidson
dead could share advice, stories and secrets. although the idea of personal accounts from the afterlife could seem a bit               mussel found on its banks that Native
                                                                                                                                                                                  americans used as               . An g emotion                                        Kristi Firmin
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morbid and particularly phenomenal, consider the many memorable words of wisdom in our history that have been noted                    an eating utensil. It would be nothing                                               .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Harolyn Fleming
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from the epitaphs on significant tombstones. Fashioned in a spoken medley of confessional epitaphs, this idea is creatively            landmark, were it not for one of the                                                                                             Lauren ashley Fussell
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explored within Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology.                                                                              of late Nineteenth and early twentie                                                                                             Mason Merril
                                                                                                                                                                                     ar Lee Masters and
  Charles aidman’s adaptation of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology assembles a select collection of Masters’                    literature, Illinois’ own poet-lawyer, Edg                                                                                       Iori Nishizawa
                                                                                                                                                                                n River Anthology.
characters in a way that constructs a pleasant theatrical work, while keeping with the original dueling themes of atrophy              his watershed book of free verse, Spoo                                                                                           Brittany Orrell
                                                                                                                                                                              a cemeter y is a largely
and cultivation as depicted in small-town america. aidman’s script captures the style as designed by Masters, reflecting               Masters’ creation of a microcosm in                                                                                              Megan Russell
                                                                                                                                                                                neously, by many to be
the ordinary rhythms of its language and life. The collection maps how the psychologies and actions of individuals interact            ignored masterpiece, considered, erro                                                                                             Zachaey Rutz
                                                                                                                                                                               regionalism. The more
within a small rural community, and provides a glimpse into the inner reality behind the characters’ various public masks. In          nothing more than a bit of Midwest                                                                                                Jennifer schultz
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approaching the world of spoon River as a director, it is important for me to illustrate the timeless essence of these “charac-        fool they, as this work moved Masters                                                                                             andy Wallace
                                                                                                                                                                                  if often ignored, figure
ters interlocked by fate,” and the messages they have to share, by discovering how the strengths of their past lives might be          regional prairie poet to being a major,                                                                                           Joy Ward
used to revitalize the present.                                                                                                        in emerging american poetry.                                                                                                       Josh Welch
                                                                                                                                                                                     w in Petersburg in
  Though spoon River is a portal to a rural town ‘s afterlife, the play is ultimately about life, not death. Early in the play             Borrowing from townspeople he kne                                                                                              Maria Wojciechowski
                                                                                                                                                                                   and Lewistown in
one character states, “Life is a gambler,” while later in the play another character articulates, “It takes life to love life,” both   Menard County during his childhood
                                                                                                                                                                               lthood, Masters captured
of which are very strong messages about living. as the characters unfold the nature of their experiences, the interweaving             Fulton County during his young adu                                                                                              PRODuCtION staFF
                                                                                                                                                                               cemeter y where death
of private confessions and individual revelations elicit a humble perspective of the various manifestations of humankind:              the human condition. set for us in a                                                                                            Director:
                                                                                                                                                                                   s and commoners sleep
suffering through inscrutable punishments and inequalities, enjoying and appreciating life with family, enduring the pain of           becomes the Great Equalizer and king                                                                                            Keone K. Fuqua,
                                                                                                                                                                                is the mythical town of
solitude, and exploring the meaning of life and its simple joys. It is the perseverance, simplicity and honesty of the charac-         peacefully, side by side on the Hill. It                                                                                        scenic & Lighting Designer
                                                                                                                                                                              of his two prairie homes.
ters that make their personal stories believable, and may lead an audience to evaluate their own lives. I invite you to witness        spoon River, in actuality a merging                                                Model of the set for spoon river Anthology   Lyle B. Miller,
                                                                                                                                                                                  many of his characters,
these timeless epitaphs of life in the spoon River anthology, an experience perhaps best described by Louis untermeyer as              His candor, and the recognizability of                                                                                          Costume Designer:
                                                                                                                                                                               Lewistown, and once the
a “quest for some key to the mystery of truth and the mastery of life.”                                                                led Masters to become ostracized in                                                                                             Mandi Murphy,
  Keone K. Fuqua                                                                                                                       book was published, he never returned
                                                                                                                                       the more lovable characters in the boo
                                                                                                                                                                                   . Perhaps not strangely,
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    greed, bigotry, frustra-
    tion, and ignorance, as well
    as sturdy self-reliance and
     noble idealism. It’s a sight
     for sore eyes. Harvad
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