Hollywood character actor Matt Malloy, who was born in Hamilton, will join eight local actors for Hugh Humphrey’s adaption of “Spoon River Anthology” this weekend at the Earlville Opera House.
In Edgar Lee Masters’ “Spoon River Anthology,” which will be performed at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, the citizens buried in the graveyard of the fictional Illinois town of Spoon River “tell the stories of their lives, their failures, their loves, their philosophies, their triumphs, their sins, their conflicts, their hopes, their secrets, their crimes,” according to a media release. This production by Humphreys supports two of his favorite organizations — the Earlville Opera House and the National Abolition Hall of Fame.
Humphreys is a lawyer, playwright and speaker in central New York.
Humphreys’ staged production takes on this classic examination of the American character. Masters, the author of “Spoon River Anthology” was an Illinois lawyer who was Clarence Darrow’s one-time law partner. At the time of its publication, in 1915 and 1916, “Spoon River Anthology was wildly successful, going through several editions rapidly and becoming one of the most popular books of poetry in the history of American literature,” according to Poets.org.
Each actor will perform five to seven characters. The cast includes Humphreys of Hamilton, Colleen Law-Tefft and Jenni Larchar of Sherburne and John Grossman of Earlville. Two other actors, Brian Erhard and Cindy Hendrickson, are lawyers who work with Humphreys at the Legal Aid Society in Utica. Charlie Decock and Halley McArn, both of Hamilton, will also perform. Larchar, who starred in last summer’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Patience,” also anchors the musical part of the program with her voice and fiddle.
“The Spoon River Anthology is a lovely piece that fits perfectly into the historic venue of the Earlville Opera House,” Humphrey said in a media release. “I wanted to do a benefit for the EOH, and for the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum, two very worthy causes, and what better way than to join them with Spoon River.”
General admission is $15 and $13 for EOH and NAHOF members. Students are discounted to $10. Premium seating in the first four rows is an added $5. The EOH Theater is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.
For information or reservations, call (315) 691-3550 or order online at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is at 18 E. Main St. in Earlville.