In addition to its popular Grand Scoop, the Grand Opera House will host a premiere of sorts on Saturday, August 18. JENNY’S TOWN, written by local playwright Marge Killilea, will be presented as readers-theatre by the Oshkosh Community Players, as part of The Grand’s annual Grand Scoop. According to Marge Killilea, she wrote the play with some local actors in mind, many years ago. Ms. Killilea, now 90 years young, had always wanted to see her play produced and is thrilled to see her play staged at last. She will be in the audience for the premiere.
The road for JENNY’S TOWN to The Grand was a bit of a winding one. Marge’s niece put the script into the hands of Dave Lelinski, an area actor of some renown, with the question of whether or not he could explore getting the piece staged. Dave brought it to me, and I presented it to the Community Players, who are community theatre-in-residence at The Grand. Since all events at the Grand Scoop are free (as is this show) and since it is a day when people are Downtown (also the day of our farmers market), it seemed to have synergy for the two events to happen together as a great way to honor a local playwright by presenting her work.
The show will be staged at 2:00 PM in The Grand, in readers-theatre format, which means that the play is presented with minimal scenery and staging. Director Erica Dabrowski has assembled a cast which includes two actors that Ms. Killilea had originally envisioned when writing the play, Lelinski and Ted Wilcox. Others in the cast include Lisa Cadkin, Dave Frederick, Christine Reeves, John Rubino, and Frank Tower.
Admission to JENNY’S TOWN is free and doors to the auditorium will open at 1:30 PM. The Grand Scoop is also August 18, from 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM in Opera House Square.
Plan to attend if you can. I think it would be great if Marge had a nice crowd for her premiere.