Play developed at IU Southeast heads to Hollywood stage

20th January 2011

NEW ALBANY, IN (Jan. 20, 2011) – Last May, Indiana University Southeast premiered “An Evening with Lee Meriwether,” a one-woman show featuring Meriwether and developed with IU Southeast faculty and staff. Now, the show is headed to Hollywood.

“Women of Spoon River: Their Voices from the Hill” will premiere at Theater West in Hollywood, Calif., on Jan. 28.

Meriwether first performed the show, adapted from the “Spoon River Anthology” by Edgar Lee Masters, at the Paul W. Ogle Cultural and Community Center with help from IU Southeast theater professors Jim Hesselman and Rebekkah Meixner, and staff member Ken Atkins, who assisted with direction, set design, and musical accompaniment, respectively.

A San Francisco native, Meriwether will be back in New Albany to do some “brush-up” work on the show before it opens at Theater West. The new production will use Hesselman’s directing and Atkins’ music, and IU Southeast will be given credit for the development of the original program.

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