Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A journey of three

BFFs navigate life together in the Depression and beyond

Express Staff Writer

Teri Lazzara as Thelma, Katie Driscoll as Emily and Michelle Chiachiere as Mary play lifelong friends and all that entails in “Lark Eden,” a play by Natalie Symons on track for an off-Broadway debut. Courtesy photo Theater Schmeater by Regan MacStravic

Much to the consternation—and nostalgia—of their older counterparts, growing up in the South for girls is as much about catching frogs and skinning knees as it is learning to navigate love and ladylike behavior. The contrasts and seeming hypocrisy have created the archetypical Southern female, equal parts Scarlett O'Hara and subtle Gloria Steinem.

The nexStage Theater is hosting Seattle Theater Schmeater this weekend for a production of "Lark Eden," a play that traces the lives and life-long friendships of three Southern women beginning during the Depression and continuing through the early years of the new century.

Critics have called "Lark Eden" a poetic exploration of the ties that bind lives together as tightly as family, and as surely as love.

Emily, Mary and Thelma are fast and true friends in school, and as life goes on and homework gives way to heart throbs, heartaches and the harshness of time, their friendships never falter.

Directed by the play's author, Natalie Symons, "Lark Eden" stars Teri Lazzara, Katie Driscoll and Michelle Chiachiere.

"I've often been moved, sometimes haunted by the way in which old friendships persist as time eludes," said Symons, a one-time Seattle resident living in Tampa, Fla. "For those inconspicuous souls amongst us whose lives are seemingly unspectacular, yet the fingerprints that they unknowingly leave on the hearts of those they love endure against the tumult and heartbreak of time."

The show is on Thursday, June 28, and Friday, June 29, at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $20 and at the door for $25.

See "Lark Eden"

When: Thursday, June 28, and Friday, June 29, at 8 p.m.

Where: nexStage Theatre on Main Street in Ketchum.

How: Advance tickets at Chapter One Bookstore, 340 E. Second St. in Ketchum or by calling 800-838-3006.

How much: $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

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