Spoon River Anthology

201 W. Jefferson St. Joliet, IL
815-724-3761
Dates: Now - Sep. 26, 2020
Times: 7:00PM
Location: Bicentennial Park Theatre - Outdoor Bandshell, 201 W. Jefferson St., Joliet, IL

Please contact the Park to reserve your spot: 815-724-3761 or bipark@joliet.gov

The spirits of Spoon River Anthology will arise to tell their tales of life and death in a Midwestern town. Oh, the stories they could tell...and do. Heroism, hypocrisy, downfall and dignity...their epitaphs weave a rich tapestry for you.

The live, outdoor production appears at Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park's bandshell on September 24, 25 and 26 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) at 7:00 pm. Admission is free. Reservations are recommended due to restrictions. Masks are required. Bring blankets and chairs for hill seating. Dress accordingly for the weather. Concessions and a cash bar will be available.

Written over a 100 years ago in 1915 by Edgar Lee Masters, Spoon River Anthology is a collection of over 200 poetic epitaphs from a fictional town. The deceased come back from the grave to comment on their own legacy, revealing more layers of human nature and relationships not always talked about. As the ghosts (both old and young) look back on their life, some spirits are humorous, some serious, some truthful and some are still slick. Director Jan Novotny has selected her favorites for this adaptation, as she smiles and nods so the audience can make it home before midnight. A tale of family and how connected people are in a small town, it was fitting for Jan's husband, children and grandchildren to join her on stage as spirits reflecting on their life together. Other real-life families appearing as spirits include the Carmine, Martinez, Novotny, Lee and Sieben family members.

Spoon River is a fictional small town named after the real Spoon River that ran near Masters' hometown of Lewistown, Illinois. Masters unique piece was a favorite of Georgiann Goodson (Bicentennial Park's first Manager, 1977-1999) favorite productions. She directed it several times here. The first time in April 1980 for the Joliet Drama Guild. The beloved play was brought back by the current manager, Lori Carmine, who is also Director Jan's daughter.

Due to pandemic restrictions, outdoor seating does have a limit. Please contact the Park to reserve your spot on the hill: 815-724-3761 or bipark@joliet.gov. Tables available for those that have difficulty with ground seating. Masks are required while walking around and waiting in line, keeping six feet of distance where possible. Masks may be removed while sitting with your group. Your group will be in its own circle and six feet from others.

Concessions will be available from the kitchen window. The Joliet American Legion Post 1080 will be selling: fresh caramel apple slices (with or w/o nuts) $3, fresh strawberry shortcake $3, hot dog (ketchup, mustard, relish) $3, chips $1, candy bar $1 and hot chocolate/ hot cider/ coffee $1. You may bring your own food and beverages BUT NO ALCOHOL. A cash bar will be available with beer, wine and a spirited cocktail (with vodka) .

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