Chesapeake: Lee Blessing's One-Man Play About Art and Politics
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The last date listed for Chesapeake was Sunday May 6, 2012 / 2:30pm.
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Set in a fictional Indiana town during the Great Depression, Jim Leonard Jr.'s moving drama focuses on the friendship between an ex-preacher from Kentucky and a disturbed young boy. The boy -- deeply traumatized by a near-drowning in his past that led to the death of his mother -- is now terrified of water, but also gifted with the ability to divine its location. As the bond between these two grows, the preacher works with the boy to overcome his crippling fear of water. And when the townspeople, desperate for a spiritual leader, mistake an eventual bathing for a baptism, their confusion leads to some significant consequences in The Diviners. Learn More
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We really enjoyed the show--and the seats! From the beginning, the show was entertaining and thought-provoking. We especially enjoyed the second act, with its frequent unexpected turns. Greg Anderson, who played all parts, was especially convining when he was playing the dog and the Senator, but did a great job in all roles.
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“Refreshingly, a political story that can be appreciated by all viewers, no matter what their party affiliation.”* *_—Talkin’ Broadway _** **
By Lee Blessing
Directed by Shawn Douglass
Featuring Artistic Associate Greg Matthew Anderson
Controversial performance artist Kerr has his NEA funding threatened in a calculated, political trick by his hometown candidate, the folksy, dog-toting Therm Pooley. For revenge, Kerr attempts a dog-napping to reveal that the Senator has the public on a leash. But the Universe exacts its own fantastical revenge on Kerr. Fate, along with the help of some good belly rubs, compels Kerr to sit and stay closer to the Senator than he ever could have imagined. Blessing celebrates the inner life of our canine companions and spots the artist-activist in us all.