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WICKET WAYS

 

 

Wicket Ways is a musical drama set at the Glen Iris (Letchworth) croquet court in 1985. Based on historical facts with a generous does of humor, Wicket Ways establishes a playing field all but level, where personalities and ideologies emerge and clash on temperance, suffrage, finance, charity, conservation, industry, education and matrimony.  Susan B. Anthony, William P. Letchworth, Clara Barton, George Eastman and his mother, Colonel John Rorbach, Ellen North (Genesee Jam Kitchen), Craig Wadsworth, Col. John Rorbach and others chat, cheat, fight and flirt their way across the pitch.

 

The show is about 60 minutes long and casts 14 actors (8 female, 6 male)


The concept of a musical about Victorian croquet was birthed on the sidelines of a  Livingston County Historical Society fund-raising match in Geneseo, July of 2014, where LCHS Administrator Anna Kowalckuck shared tales of cheating and flirting amid the socially restrained Victorian society.

Selecting notable historical personalities from the region, Mrs. Henry researched the period, determined the characters who could conceivably have known Mr. Letchworth and visited the Glen Iris in 1895. The research revealed surprising connections and possibilities, a number of dots which the author connected through imagination, dialogue, humor and song.  

Presented as a Staged Reading At Theater 101 Mt. Morris, NY March 2015

 

Responses to the new Historical Musical Drama, Wicket Ways

“…a fun romp”, Amie Alden, Livingston County Historian

 

“…the audience response was terrific!”, Cathie Barry, Side by Side Productions

Theater 101 Mt. Morris

 

“…your work was a delightful read and I am sure will make a great play!”

Kathy Connor, Director, George Eastman House, Rochester

 

“Thoroughly enjoyable!”

Mary Jo Marks, Clara Barton House Historian, Dansville

Winner of the 2015 Individual Artist Grant, This project was made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Livingston Arts, a member supported organization.

Excerpts and a synopsis of Wicket Ways will be presented at Letchworth State Park

Aug 3, 2016 at 7:30pm in the new Nature Center,

part of the "Getting to Know Letchworth" Series

sponsored by Livingston Arts. 

 

 Wicket Ways has been submitted to the Rochester Fringe Festival

 

For more information, please email playwright Ruth Henry at henryr@nycap.rr.com

 

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