Local Wonders, a Play with Music at Chicago Dramatists
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The last date listed for Local Wonders was Sunday January 9, 2011 / 3:00pm.
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“Local Wonders is a joyous composition of discovery and appreciation.” —Lincoln Journal Star
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Written by Virginia Smith and Paul Amandes
Directed by Virginia Smith
In Local Wonders, real-life U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser (Paul Amandes) tells his tale through inspired stories rich in detail and memorable songs. His wife, Kathleen (Anne Hills), comments on Ted’s choices (both musically and dramatically), portrays some of the cameo roles, and takes up the narration when Ted cannot.
Ted and his wife savor, and grapple with, Ted’s journey as an artist, “…like a man who has lost a hubcap and is looking for it in the high grass on both sides of the road.” Together they illuminate the longing to hold on to the slippery memories of childhood, the bittersweetness of being parents, a close observation of the natural turn of the seasons and his fistfight with growing old. A devastating writer’s block caused by a bout with cancer is vanquished, eventually, by his astonishing observation of and love for the natural world.
It’s a play that takes its audience on a journey that is both universally recognizable and uniquely personal.