Adelind Horan grew up in Charlottesville to parents with a long history in area theater. Her mother Lydia and her father Michael have appeared in various Live Arts productions for many years. Now she’s returned home after graduating from Hampshire College.
The issue of mountaintop removal of coal prompted her to work on a series of oral history interviews with people in West Virginia and Kentucky, and this summer she’s debuting a one-woman show called Cry of the Mountain that tells the stories of the people affected by the practice. Leslie Channel of the group Secretly Ya’ll sat down with Horan earlier this month to find out more about the show.
Horan will give five performances of Cry of the Mountain at four theatres in the area every Thursday in July at 8:00.
Live Arts is bringing a Thornton Wilder classic to their Downstage. I had the oppurtunity this past weekend to talk with the director, Mendy St. Ours; the acting couch/assistant director, Carol Pederson; the set designer, Mary Butcher; and 5 of the actors (of a cast of 18), Chris Patrick, Casey Wagner, Ronda Hewitt, Denise Stewart and Chris Baumer.
Will Slusher, the assistant set designer, who Mary Butcher says was “an incredible asset to the show – indispensable to the design and construction of the set,” was busy with the table saw during this interview.
This Thornton Wilder farce opens at Live Arts Friday March 6, 2009.
On the November 9th edition of WNRN’s Sunday Morning Wake-Up Call, Rick Moore chats with local young talents Pilar Marshall and Will Denton. Pilar sings, acts, and dances in productions at Live Arts and other area venues. “Willie DE” is the lead singer for The Wave, a trio that plays regularly at local venues such as Gravity Lounge. Rick plays some music, and talks to the youths about balancing school work, social life, and the drive to perform.
Live Arts opens its 2008/09 season with John Patrick Shanley’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning play DOUBT: A Parable.
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I had a chance to talk with Fran Smith, the director of the show, and all the cast members, Doris Safie, Amada Lacy Pierson Finger, Tim Reid and Simona Holloway-Warren. I also talked with Grady Smith and Cheryl Haley who were there painting the set. It was just 2 days before opening night. We talked in the lobby of Live Arts.
For more information or tickets: www.livearts.org
Live Arts Box Office: 434-977-4177 x 108