by W.G. Allen
directed by George A Williams
Sometimes a simple appearing story contains universal issues such as loss, abandonment, renewal, and hope for the future. Set in Depression era, dustbowl Oklahoma, W.G.Allen’s play, Lost Letter grapples with all of these with love and humor.
It’s November, 1935, and the U.S. Government has found an 18 year old letter written to a resident of the little town of Oxbow, Oklahoma. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, enjoying the popularity of his ‘Fireside Chats,’ has decided to have the letter delivered on a live radio broadcast, hoping this will provide a “shot of hope” to counter the seemingly endless rigors of The Depression and Dust Bowl. When the government official assigned to arrange the broadcast, arrives in Oxbow, what he discovers threatens to turn what could have been a great human interest story into a disaster for everyone concerned… especially for the people of Oxbow!
Director George Williams says he has a “special passion” for this play, only partly because he is also the author! Williams has directed a number of productions in Oklahoma, and written many others. (He appeared as the deceived Orgon in the ADOBE’s recent production of “Tartuffe.”) Of Lost Letter, Williams says: “This is, in essence, a slice of Americana. It’s a story of ‘country folk’ and ‘city folk,’ who are sometimes in conflict, but who are all trying to do the right thing in a very difficult time and situation.”
The ‘country folk’ include “Jib Barlow” (played by Katie Mitchell), her Aunt Bernice (Stephanie Larragoite), local widow lady Maude Carter (Patricia Thompson), and local craftsmen Charley Peterson (Tom Monahan) and “Grits” Parker (Stephen Zamora). The ‘city folk’ are ably represented by government official Aaron Wilcox (Alan Hudson), WPA worker Clay Brady (Micah Linford), radio technician Ron Vincenti (Tim Riley), and the famous radio announcer T. Jefferson Booth (Clifton Chadwick).
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