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Victory Drive-In and other Sidelong Summer Jobs

Victory Drive In

Fewer kids are seeking summer employment, so say the reports. According to The Atlantic there’s a good reason why fewer kids are seeking summer employment:

Education is to blame, rather than indolence. Teens are remaining in high school longergoing to college more often, and taking more summer classes. The percent of recent high-school graduates enrolled in college—both two-year and four-year—has grown by 25 percentage points. That is almost exactly the decline in the teenage labor-force participation rate.

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Stories Behind the Story

 

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There was that moment, (you knew there would be one, didn’t you?), when Kimberly Faith Hickman, the insightful and masterful director of MOTHER OF RAIN, took me by the hand after the show and said, “You have to hear this story.”

This was on Saturday, following the Talk Back session, a time when audience members were given opportunity to ask questions of the actors, the director, or Paul Pierce, who adapted the novel for the stage, or of me. I’d never really had a sit-down with the actors or with the director, so I had no idea that sometime during rehearsals that Hickman had shared with the actors the story of Andrea Yates, the Texas mother who drowned her five children.

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In the Image of God

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My son called me from Winslow, Arizona. It’s one of several stops he’s making this week as he winds his way from Oregon to Georgia. He’s doing the reverse migration that his momma made. Stephan, who has grown up in Oregon, has accepted at job at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village.

Come Thursday, God willing and the Texas creeks don’t rise, I’ll be meeting him in my hometown. There are all kinds of reasons why I still consider Columbus home, even though I’ve lived as long in Oregon as I ever did in Georgia. I’ve spent years trying to understand why I feel like an immigrant to the Pacific Northwest. The simplest truth is that Columbus is the community that helped raise me.

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Worth the Intending

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His name is Caleb Doyle.

He lives in Jacksonville, Oregon, a charming historic town that you would never just happen upon, you have to be intending to go there. But if you are wondering, it’s worth the intending.

You’ll have to go soon, though, if you are hoping to meet Caleb. He’ll be heading off to college this coming Fall.

“At UGA,” he said. “That’s University of Georgia.”

He was assuming that I wouldn’t know what UGA stood for, seeing how we were having this exchange at the Frau Kemmling Schoohaus BrewHaus, where Caleb works and where Tim and I joined friend Julie for a meal last week.

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You are invited

 

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  • To the Springer Opera House, April 7-17th, for the debut stage production of Mother of Rain.

 

 

 

  • Who is adapting the play? 
  • Paul Pierce, artistic director at the Springer, has written the stage adaptation. I, like all the other audience members, will be on hand to enjoy the creativity that the novel inspired. I am honored and thrilled to have Paul take on this project. I can’t wait to see his adaptation.

 

  • Is there music? 
  • Yes. The Springer commissioned Kerry Phillips of Culver City, Calif. to produce music for the play. I wish I knew how to upload some of the early clips I’ve heard. Phillips has really captured the spirit of the mountain with his music.

 

  • Who is directing the play? 
  • The multi-talented Kimberly Faith Hickman.  Based in NYC, Kimberly’s credits include Broadway, Off Broadway, national tours and regional theatre productions across the country.  Focusing on new and existing work by contemporary writers, including both plays and musicals, her directing and choreography work has been praised by Backstage and other news publications as “verbally and visually bursting with ideas”, “smartly staged”, “impeccable”, “deft,” “well paced” and “inventive and impressive.” On Broadway, Kimberly has worked on productions that earned 19 Tony® Award nominations combined.  Off-Broadway she has worked on productions at Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre Company, Atlantic Theatre Company, Women’s Project, Epic Theatre Ensemble, Theatre Row and PTP / NYC at Atlantic Stage 2, as well as terraNOVA Collective, Horse Trade Theatre Group, Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, Tongue In Cheek Theater, Attic Theater Company, Origin Theatre Company, and Writopia Lab.
  • You can find out more about her at www.kimberlyfaithhickman.com

     Who is starring in it? 

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  • Melissa Saint-Amand is Maizee
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  • Donna Biscoe is Burdy
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  • Andy Harvey is Zebulon Hurd
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  • Griffeth Ian Whitehurst is Kade Mashburn.
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  • Stacy Cunningham is Leela-Ma
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  • Ari McClean as Wheedin.

It is good and necessary to be reminded that in quiet corners the world over, people are finding creative ways to challenge the danger of telling one story about a people.  Mother of Rain is at its heart a story about community, what draws us together, what breaks our heart, what mends us and what binds us together again. It is a story of healing.

I do hope you will join us in Columbus in April for this debut. I will be attending the play on April 7th and 8th. I would love to see you there.

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