MISSOURI SOLO PLAY FESTIVAL:
Three Great Performers Come to the Stage in Repertory
LIZ AND LADYBIRD: WHISTLESTOP 1964
Written and performed by Sheila Gordon*
Directed by Rebecca Whitehurst
In October of 1964, the Deep South was fiercely set against re-electing President Lyndon Johnson, due to passage of the Civil Rights Act. The LBJ plan: send Lady Bird Johnson through 1692 miles of Southern towns to sell the War on Poverty and Civil Rights agendas. For the first time in U.S. history, a First Lady would take to the campaign trail unaccompanied by her husband. In an era when women were expected to speak only about subjects such as home and family, Lady Bird surprised voters throughout the nation with her eloquence on issues such as healthcare, economics, and education and shaped the future of women in politics. Told from the perspective of Press Secretary Liz Carpenter, seamlessly portrays various members of the ‘64 LBJ White House and the Lady Bird Whistle Stop Campaign Tour. Springfield Area Premiere.
*Appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association on a Special Appearance Contract.
JANUARY 4, 5 & 11, 2019 at 7:30 PM
JANUARY 6 & 12, 2019 at 2:00 PM
By Lee Blessing
Directed by Robert Bradley
In this seriously funny romp, the provocative work of one edgy performance artist comes up against a conservative politician running for the senate. The senator has a lovable dog; a charming, folksy manner; and a campaign to cut “frivolous arts spending.” The artist has a plan for one final shocking performance with his NEA funding – kidnapping the dog and making it loyal to him. Lee Blessing explores the mysterious connections between dogs and their humans, politics and artists, and miraculous wonder in our lives. Springfield Area Premiere. Contains adult language and content.
JANUARY 10, 12 & 18, 2019 at 7:30 PM
JANUARY 13 & 19, 2019 at 2:00 PM
ANYTHING BEHIND ME
Written and performed by Bryant Turnage
Directed by Nathan Shelton
"Take your time, look around, see what grabs you - what you can't live without. May change your life." The humorous and touching Anything Behind Me tells the story of a young man that runs off to join a carnival, discovering that the exciting life on the road isn't as magical as he originally thought and that sometimes the best prizes are those just out of reach... sometimes. SCT is excited to bring this original solo piece written and performed by area actor Bryant Turnage to the stage. World Premiere.
JANUARY 17 & 19, 2019 at 7:30 PM
JANUARY 20, 2019 at 2:00 PM
JANUARY 20, 2019 at 7:00 PM