The Franklin Stage Company will host a rehearsed reading of a new play written and performed by Oliver Wadsworth at 8 p.m. Saturday.
“The Tarnation of Russell Colvin” is a one-hour long solo show that tells the true story of an eccentric Vermonter of 1810 and the sensational trial that occurred after his murder. According to a media release, “In his inventive play, FSC Artistic Associate Wadsworth portrays three competing narrators: the ghost of the murdered man seeking revenge; Lemuel Haynes, the first African American Minister of the all-white Congregational Church of Manchester, a staunch defender of the accused murderers; and… an actor from the Astor Place Theater in New York City.”
“Oliver’s stunning triple-turn in FSC’s production of Euripides’ ‘Orestes,’ in which he played Menelaus, his own wife Helen of Troy, and a wild slave bringing ghastly news, pretty much confirmed that he can do anything,” FSC Artistic Director Carmela Marner said in a media release. “I’m thrilled to welcome him this summer again as an actor and for the first time as a playwright. Everything about his play compels me — from the subject matter to the use of multiple narrators to the fantastic title. I love a play with vivid historical context asking a big question: what is the truth?”
Wadsworth has starred in regional theater across the country, from Syracuse State and Capital Repertory in Albany to the Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, the Old Globe in San Diego and Seattle Rep. He stars opposite Eric Bana in the upcoming “Deliver Us From Evil.”
Admission to FSC performances is free. Donations are accepted, and reservations are recommended. Call 829-3700 or email email@example.com. FSC is located in Chapel Hall at 25 Institute St. in Franklin, opposite Franklin Central School. For more information, visit www.franklinstagecompany.org.