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STI production tells stories from women of the West

June 12, 2014

By Emma Carter/STI Public Information Director
Expect to laugh, cry and leave feeling inspired by “Women of the West,” an intimate play adapted by Summer Theatre Institute’s Artistic Director Lamby Hedge.
The production is a series of stories taken from the diary entries and letters written by actual women of the frontier, and they range from charming to tragic. The play aims to breathe life into the stories of real women—women who never imaged their stories would be heard.

“These women led tough lives, but they managed to find beauty, love and empowerment in the simple tasks of cooking, quilting and keeping a family alive on the open prairie,” Hedge said. “While our other shows this season have focused on a particular acting style or skill, this production focuses on the simple act of honest, first-person storytelling.”

The show, which will be held on Friday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Macklanburg Playhouse on Willis Ave., is free and open to the public and will run approximately one hour.

The Summer Theatre Institute is an on-campus intensive theatre experience for students between their first and second years. The program concludes next week with the annual musical revue, “A Grand Night for Show Music.”

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