Spoon River Anthology, Part 1

Spoon River Anthology, Part 1
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The deceased residents of Spoon River, Illinois, reflect on their lives, recounting their stories from beyond the grave. Together, they paint a picture of a quintessential American town at the turn of the 20th century. Sponsored by Karen Strachan. Part 1 of 5.

Bonus Features

Notes for Educators (10:53)

WKNO "Checking on the Arts" interview with Kacky Walton (12:46)


Cast and Crew

Role   Name
The Hill ..................... Levi Frazier, Jr.
Hod Putt ..................... Tim Greer
Ollie McGee ..................... Jeanna Juleson
Fletcher McGee ..................... Bill Andrews
Robert Fulton Tanner ..................... Kinon Keplinger
Cassius Hueffer ..................... Barry Fuller
Serepta Mason ..................... Amy Salerno Hale
Amanda Barker ..................... Jennifer Henry
Constance Hately ..................... Jane Harris
Chase Henry ..................... Andy Saunders
Harry Carey Goodhue ..................... Adam Del Conte
Judge Somers ..................... Tony Isbell
Kinsey Keene ..................... Michael Gravois
Benjamin Pantier ..................... Grant Hatton
Mrs. Benjamin Pantier ..................... Kim Justis
Reuben Pantier ..................... Marques Brown
Emily Sparks ..................... Amy Mays
Trainor, the Druggist ..................... Brent Davis
Daisy Fraser ..................... Mandy Lane
Benjamin Fraser ..................... Jerre Dye
Minerva Jones ..................... Kell Christie
Indignation Jones ..................... Jim Palmer
Doctor Meyers ..................... Bo List
Mrs. Meyers ..................... Lyric Peters Malkin
"Butch" Weldy ..................... Chris Jowers
Knowlt Hoheimer ..................... Mike Hanrahan
Lydia Puckett ..................... Aliza Moran
Frank Drummer ..................... Sumner Jenkins
Hare Drummer ..................... Bennett Wood
Conrad Siever ..................... Ron Gephart
Doc Hill ..................... Jason Spitzer
Andy, the Night-Watch ..................... Kevin Murphy
Sarah Brown ..................... Karen Strachan
Percy Bysshe Shelley ..................... Matt Reed
Flossie Cabanis ..................... Jo Lynne Palmer
Julia Miller ..................... Lee Bryant
Johnnie Sayre ..................... Stephen Garrett
Charlie French ..................... Spencer Cotham
Zenas Witt ..................... Harrison Sayle
Theodore the Poet ..................... Chuck Hodges
The Town Marshal ..................... Aaron Jones
Jack McGuire ..................... Matthew Crewse
Dorcas Gustine ..................... Ann Sharp
Nicholas Bindle ..................... Bill Short
Jacob Goodpasture ..................... Jim Eikner
Harold Arnett ..................... Steven Brown
Margaret Fuller Slack ..................... Pamela Poletti
George Trimble ..................... Kendall Karcher
Dr. Siegfried Iseman ..................... Billy Pullen
"Ace" Shaw ..................... Mark Strachan
Musician ..................... Luís Seixas
Artist ..................... John Childress
Sponsor ..................... Karen Strachan
Producer ..................... Eric Sefton
Director ..................... Robert Arnold


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Notes

This first installment of Edgar Lee Masters's Spoon River Anthology has been a long time coming. Because we started recording these poems without a timeline or a long-term plan, it took a while to get all 50 of them lined up, recorded, and produced. So I'd like to thank our actors for their patience while we figured out how best to showcase their beautiful performances.

As a result of that extended timeline, in this recording you'll hear voices recorded years ago alongside voices recording in the past few weeks. Which seems appropriate for Masters's epic poem cycle, first published exactly 100 years ago, in 1915. In it, everyone who ever lived in Spoon River still seems to linger there, whether as a ghost, a memory, or just an inscription on a stone.

As Faulkner said, "The past is never dead. It's not even past." With this inaugural installment of Spoon River Anthology, Chatterbox travels deep into that past, while also creating a remarkably wide-reaching document of some of the many real-life people who have visited our studio and contributed their talents to our organization.

Enjoy this first trip to Spoon River. I can't wait to go back there with you.

--Robert Arnold






Auditions

The Nature of Captivity
By Matthew Paul Olmos
Directed by Robert Arnold
If you're in the Memphis area and would like to participate in a Chatterbox recording, check out our open call for auditions!




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