Thursday, January 28, 2016

Notes from Annie's Garden: Scotland Road

By Annie Keefe
Associate Artist

I like playwright Jeffrey Hatcher. I like the interesting topics he chooses to write about. He likes a good thriller as much as I do. He’s looked at art theft and the Nazis in A PICASSO, hauntings in THE TURN OF THE SCREW, (what’s not to like about possessed children?) and MURDER BY POE (‘nuff said). So while trolling the play catalogs a couple of years ago I saw the title SCOTLAND ROAD. It meant nothing to me as a title or a place so I read the description and was hooked. I chased down the script and settled in to read. The goosebumps begin with the stage directions on page 1. Be sure to listen to them on February 8th to see what I mean.

I thought I knew a lot about the Titanic. I’d seen the films A NIGHT TO REMEMBER, and the most recent TITANIC. I’ve seen THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN and the musical TITANIC. SCOTLAND ROAD is a very different story. A young girl named Winifred is found floating on an iceberg in the middle of the North Atlantic. She says only one word: Titanic. A mysterious man named John has only one goal – to prove she is a fake. A game of cat-and-mouse ensues in a white room on the coast of Maine, a game with formidable opponents. Enter Miss Kittle, the last survivor of the disaster, brought in to test this young woman. The tables turn when Winifred recalls an earlier confrontation with Miss Kittle, one that took place on board the fated liner the night it sank, three quarters of a century before. By the play’s end, one of the characters is dead, all the character’s identities have been questioned, and a shared secret is revealed.

SCOTLAND ROAD is part thriller, part science fiction, part ghost story and all good theater! And what a cast has come onboard! Beth FowlerDaniel Gerroll, Patricia Kalember, and Liv Rooth will make up the ‘crew’ of SCOTLAND ROAD. We’ll want all hands on deck so won’t you join us on Monday, February 8th at 7 PM?

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