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THE RIVER - SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
All Female Playwright Season Begins
The first show of the 2015-16 season at
Theatre Conspiracy, Toys In The Attic
by Lillian Hellman, stars Professional
Equity actress Rachel Burttram. Burttram,
seen regularly on stage at Florida Repertory
Theatre, leads an incredible cast in this show
that won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle
Award for Best Play.
Directed by Stephanie Davis (Downtown
Diva), the show also stars Karen Goldberg
(Swell Party, The Beauty Queen of Leenane),
Wende Gilmore, Jason Drew, Ashley Kellam,
Elvis Mortley and Cicero McCarter.
Set in New Orleans following the Great
Depression, the play focuses on the Berniers
sisters, two middle-aged spinsters who have
sacrificed their own ambitions to look after their
ne’er-do-well younger brother Julian, whose
grandiose dreams repeatedly lead to financial
disasters. When he unexpectedly returns home
accompanied by his emotionally unstable, child-
like young bride Lily, her aloof, aristocratic
mother Albertine, and an unexplained large
sum of money, Carrie and Anna suddenly find that the position of power they have
always held has become unbalanced, leaving their lives in chaos. Toys In The Attic
plays October 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. and October 18 at 2 p.m.
Individual tickets are $24. Season subscription packages: Six shows for $114
($19 a ticket) or five shows for $100 ($20 per ticket) or four shows for $88 ($22 per
ticket). Flex passes also available for $2 extra per person. For more information, call
Theatre Conspiracy’s box office at 936-3239 or visit www.theatreconspiracy.org.
This years lineup of plays is a celebration of female playwrights both past and pres-
ent. Each show is written by a woman. In November, audiences are in for a real treat
with Mr. Burns, The Post Electric Play. Anne Washburn’s imaginative dark comedy
propels us forward nearly a century, following a new civilization stumbling into its
future. After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors share a campfire and
begin to piece together the plot of The Simpsons episode Cape Feare entirely from
memory. Seven years later, this and other snippets of pop culture (sitcom plots, com-
mercials, jingles and pop songs) have become the live entertainment of a post-apoca-
lyptic society, sincerely trying to hold onto its past. 75 years later, these are the myths
and legends from which new forms of performance are created. This show will open
on November 20 and play November 20, 21, 27 and 28 as well as December 3, 4, 5,
Opening January 7, 2016 is Kayak by Jordan Hall, the winner of the 2010
Samuel French Canadian Playwrights Contest. Alone on a vast stretch of water, Annie
Iversen recounts the strange chain of events that left her stranded in her son’s old
kayak. A doting suburban mother, Annie is blindsided when her son, Peter, falls in love
with Julie, a passionate environmental activist. Unable to reconcile herself to Julie’s
radical worldview, Annie struggles desperately to keep Peter from falling further into
the young woman’s dangerous world. Climate change, s’mores, SUVs and Noah’s
ark are all onstage as Annie sets out to save her son, and unwittingly throws herself
into the path of events larger than she ever could have imagined. This show will star
Lauren Drexler. Performances are January 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 at 8
p.m. and January 17 at 2 p.m.
Keeping with Theatre Conspiracy’s latest initiative to produce work that is geared
towards minority artists, Theatre Conspiracy will open The Bluest Eyes by Lydia
Diamond, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Toni Morrison. This show will
open on February 5. This critically-acclaimed adaptation follows three girls in post-
depression Ohio. Eleven year-old Pecola Breedlove despises her dark skin and prays
for blue eyes, sure that love will follow. Claudia and Frieda McTeer are sisters who try
to care for Pecola when the rest of the community fails to do so. With rich language
and bold vision, this story examines standards of beauty, a young girl’s coming of age
and the devastating events she endures. Performances are February 5, 6, 11, 12, 13,
18, 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. and February 14 at 2 p.m.
What are the boundaries of reality? On March 4, The Nether opens, It’s a daring
examination of moral responsibility in virtual worlds by Jennifer Haley. It begins with a
familiar interrogation scene given a technological twist. As Detective Morris, an online
investigator, questions Mr. Sims about his activities in a role-playing realm so realistic
it could be life, she finds herself on slippery ethical ground. Their clash of wills leads
to a consequence neither could have imagined. Suspenseful, ingeniously constructed
and fiercely intelligent, The Nether is chock full of twists and turns and surprises.
Performances are March 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. and March 13 at
Closing out the season will be the winner of Theatre Conspiracy’s 17th annual
New Play Contest. The winning play will be announced in November. Once again,
they received over 600 entries to the contest from all over the United States, Canada,
England, France and Australia. Due to fairness we cannot guarantee the winner will be
a female playwright. This show will play May 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 at 8
p.m. and May 15 at 2 p.m.
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At Edison Ford
the trees, shrubs, perennials and edible
plants were dependent on pollination to
continue reproduction of their species.
The Garden Shoppe at Edison Ford has
created a specific butterfly/bee garden for
all of the community to learn from.
Join Horticulturists Janice Schmidt
and Debbie Hughes to learn how to grow
specific host/nectar plants for the pol-
linators in your garden. We will unveil
our new Educational Butterfly Sign and
the Certification of our Butterfly Garden
through the North American Butterfly
Participants will receive a 20 percent
gift certificate in the Garden Shoppe.
Cost to Edison Ford members $5; non-
Moonlight Garden Tour
September 27, 6:30 p.m.
Meet at Pinchers 1st Floor at The
Marina at Edison Ford
The gardens and estates of the Edison
and Ford families are especially beautiful
by moonlight. Many flowers just bloom
in the evening and are visited by night-
time insects and pollinators. Because the
September 27 and 28 Harvest Moon is
also a “supermoon,” it will appear even
larger than usual and produce higher
tides. Weather permitting, there is a fall
Harvest Moon on September 27 which
rises around dusk.
Harvest Moon is just a name, but it
was used by farmers to kick off the sea-
son for gathering the vegetables and get-
ting ready for winter. It’s the name for the
full moon nearest the autumnal equinox.
In the northern hemisphere, the Harvest
Moon most often falls in September
but sometimes will fall in early October.
Nature is particularly cooperative around
the time of the autumn equinox to make
the full moonrises unique around this
On average, the moon rises about 50
minutes later each day. When a full moon
happens close to the autumnal equinox,
the moon (at mid-temperate latitudes)
rises only about 30 to 35 minutes later
daily for several days before and after the
full Harvest Moon. Why? The reason is
that the ecliptic – or the moon’s orbital
path – makes a narrow angle with the
evening horizon around the time of the
autumn equinox. The narrow angle of
the ecliptic results in a shorter-than-usual
rising time between successive moonrises
around the full Harvest Moon.
The Moonlight Garden walk will be led
by Edison Ford horticulturists. Participants
are urged to bring cameras and tele-
Call Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford
Registrar, to register at 334-7419. Cost
to Edison Ford or Calusa Science Center
members $10; $40 non-members. The
program will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the
Pinchers Marina Room downstairs at The
Marina at Edison Ford.
Edison Ford Community Garden
The Community Garden is ready to
start again for the season. We have been
growing sweet potatoes which we started
harvesting, and a few brave gardeners
have kept up their gardens during the
The beds are already being taken at
our new prices for the October 1, 2015
through September 30, 2016 season.
New this year is a yearly fee to make it
easier. Come to the administrative office
to sign up and pick your spot.
To help you become more successful
in growing your garden, a Garden Talk
on October 10 will have Karen Harty of
Grow A Gardener speaking about veg-
etable gardening in Southwest Florida.
As always, a 20 percent gift certificate
is given to all participants in the Garden
Mina, Clara & Friends: Tea &
October 8, 10:30 a.m., Edison
The popular historical play series of
this past summer will continue this year
on a once a month basis, with additional
dates available for groups of 15 or more
with advanced reservations.
The series was featured in an article
in Gulf & Main magazine this summer:
“History comes to life stepping into the
Edison Caretaker’s House for morning
tea with Mina Edison and Clara Ford.
They are wearing hats which they say
‘helps to make them look taller and thin-
ner’ and guests are transported back
to 1929.” Audience engagement and
surprise friends add to the responsive dia-
logue which engages the audience.
Call to pre-register as space is lim-
ited and the program fills quickly. Call
Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Registrar,
Cost of the program includes full
access to the Edison Ford Estates, the
Laboratory, Museum and Museum Shops.
Edison Ford members $15; non-members
$25. Hats and historical attire welcome.
For additional information, call 334-
7419 or visit www.edisonfordwinteres-
The independent record label Tate
Music Group recently announced
the release of Matthew Hembling’s
new album titled Wandering Soul. The
album offers four tracks and is available
for purchase nationwide at the iTunes
Store, Amazon.com or directly from
Hembling is a rising acoustic jazz
singer and multi-instrumentalist from Fort
Myers whose music takes listeners on a
roller coaster ride of love, loss and per-
sonal growth. This promising musician
draws inspiration from Frank Sinatra,
Paul McCartney and Paul Simon.
His new album is a collection of mov-
ing and captivating acoustic tracks fused
with a jazz style. Songs featured on the
album include Lucy, Molly, Mary and
Me and Wandering Soul.
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