Seattle Playwrights' Salon

 

ON CABIN CREEK
by Margaret O'Donnell

How deep are the divisions between the working class and elites in Appalachia?  Between men and women? Between blacks and whites? When her husband loses his job, Sophie Lowe is exiled from her beloved home in Tennessee and condemned to purgatory in a company coal town in West Virginia.  It is 1939, the waning years of the Great Depression. Samuel Lowe digs for coal in the worst years on record for mining deaths while Sophie strives to keep the family fed, safe, and clothed, and their three nearly-grown children scheme to escape.  Sophie’s dreams of home collide with those of her family, the demands of her religion, and the motives of the mine owners, as her own secrets and theirs unearth fissures no one seems to be able to bridge.  

On Cabin Creek stars James Riley, Kelly Ufford, Laurel Clark, Benjamin Ludiker, Scot Bastian, Kate Danley, Dan Niven, Janet Hietter, and James Lyle, with stage directions read by Steffani Powell and is directed by Oneda Harris.

The Speakeasy Players will play before the performance at 6:30 p.m., and during intermission.  They are a Seattle bluegrass jam group that formed in 2016 after attending a class together in bluegrass at Seattle’s Dusty Strings.  They’ve performed as a jam group regularly since then.  Members are:  Al Troupe, Jim Hutchinson, Larry Benitez, Karen Newell, Michael Kipling, Bonnie Stern Wasser, and Nan Butler

On Cabin Creek delves into darker themes and is for mature audiences.

Cast in Order of Appearance

CATHERINE LOWE - Kelly Ufford

CHARLIE COREY - James Riley

REVEREND HINCKLEY - Dan Niven

ELEANOR LOWE - Laurel Clark

HARLAN LOWE - Benjamin Ludiker

SAMUEL LOWE - Scot Bastian

SOPHIELOWE - Kate Danley

MRS. ELLIS/MRS. ROOSEVELT - Janet Hietter

MR. ELLIS - James Lyle