'Amber Waves' to play in Margaretville

Catskill ImagesRichard Weber as farmer Mike Olson, Rebecca Maeder Chien as his wife Penny, Lillian Taylor as daughter Deb, Eli Taylor as son Scott will star in ‘Amber Waves’ at Open Eye Theater in Margaretville.

“Amber Waves” by James Still will open at The Open Eye Theater in Margaretville at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 18, for a two-week run through Sunday, July 28.

The updated version of the play, originally created as a one-act about 30 years ago, comes from a production at Indiana Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis, where it played to rave reviews and sold-out houses, according to a media release. This newest version takes a deeper look at the commitment, struggle and beauty of farm and family life, the release said. The multi-media production at The Open Eye places the story in Delaware County.

“Much has happened in the world since I first wrote the play,” Still said in the media release.  “But one thing that hasn’t changed is that family farms continue to disappear, and with them a way of life disappears, as well.  At its heart, ‘Amber Waves’ is meant to honor generations of farmers and how the relationship to land is both holy and practical.”

Performing in The Open Eye Theater’s multi-media production is Richard Weber as farmer Mike Olson, Rebecca Maeder Chien as his wife Penny, Lillian Taylor as daughter Deb, Eli Taylor as son Scott, Ward Stevenson as neighbor Johnny, and Madison Tobon as Deb’s best friend Julie.  Amie Brockway directs, and stage managers are Darlene De Maille and Carol Schwartz.  Video and slide projections of sites in Delaware County are by Catskill Images.

“Amber Waves” performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sundays, at The Open Eye Theater at 960 Main St. in Margaretville. Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for youths and children will be admitted free. Seating is limited.  Reserve tickets by phone at 845-586-1660 or by email at openeye@catskill.net

For more information, visit www.theopeneyetheater.org.

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