There’s drama in store in Heartwood – Knox County VillageSoup

NEWCASTLE – The stage at the Heartwood Theater is set to perform Enid Bagnold’s drama ‘The Chalk Garden’ from May 20-28 at the Poe Theatre, 81 Academy Hill Road.

“In the early years of Heartwood,” said General Manager Joy Braley, “we produced annual winter dramas (affectionately referred to as our ‘Janu-Dramas’) in the atrium of the Skidompha Library. It was a bit of an unlikely performance space, but Skidompha was courteous, the audience was pouring in and we packed people everywhere – even on the stairs (we provided cushions) and on the balcony. “The Chalk Garden” is such a piece, and we are thrilled to share it with the public this spring. »

Cited by the New York Daily News as “an enticing, compelling and thought-provoking play,” “The Chalk Garden” tells the story of dominatrix Mrs. St. Maugham (Carol Florman) and her granddaughter Laurel (Rebecca Tomasello ), a difficult child, in great need of care.

In the first act, a new governess, Miss Madrigal (Nanette Fraser), is hired to balance the household. Her secret past becomes an intrigue for Laurel and servant Maitland (Jason Iannone). When Laurel’s mother, Olivia (Teralyn Reiter), arrives to get Laurel back into her life, a battle ensues with Mrs. St. Maugham. Finally, Mrs. St. Maugham’s lifelong friend, a judge (Tim Cunningham), arrives for lunch…and the characters’ lives intertwine during acts two and three. Other cast members include Rachael Schuster and Heidi Kopishke, who also dresses the show. Ryan Kohnert serves as technical director, assisted by Lincoln Adacemy interns Annalize Garnett and Ben Schwink, and Griff Braley directs.

The setting is the sunroom of the Sussex home of St. Maugham, part potted and part living room. Struggling for balance in a rapidly changing era of British history, the past and future of Mrs. St. Maugham’s world subtly shift and collide, as each character in the story chooses – or is forced – to face a personal transformation.

A 1964 Hollywood film version stars Hayley Mills, Deborah Kerr and Dame Edith Evans.

First performed in the United States in 1955 and the following year in Britain, the play goes down in theater history at the end of parlor or comedy-style productions, while weaving the drama , comedy and a nostalgic sense of memory game in a unique script – one of Bagnold’s only plays.

The play is performed in two acts with a very brief intermission. Total running time is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Tickets are $5/students up to college and $20/adults. Reservations are recommended by emailing [email protected] or calling Heartwood at 563-1373. For more information, visit

“The Chalk Garden” is sponsored by Moose Crossing Garden Center and Heartwood’s season sponsor, Bath Savings Institution, and is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

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