A Song in the Wilderness

CAT Theatre is proud to present A Song in the Wilderness, written by Larry Gard, a 40-45 minute long one-woman show that offers a dramatic exploration of the life and experiences of Gene Stratton-Porter. Born in 1863, Mrs. Stratton-Porter was an accomplished writer of fiction and non-fiction. She was also a celebrated nature photographer and an early naturalist. Her accomplishments were impressive. For example, at the height of her writing career, she was selling 5,000 books per day, and she was the first American author to be translated into a foreign language. It is estimated that, during her lifetime, she had over 50 million readers. She was also one of the first women to form a movie production studio.

Performances are at 8:00 p.m. on May 6th and May 13th at CAT Theatre. Both performances will be followed by light receptions and talk backs mediated by the author, Larry Gard.

The time is late June of 1924, just over 6 months prior to her death. Gene is in the process of moving into her new workshop located on Catalina Island, off the coast of California. While unpacking and arranging her belongings, she is reminded of her cherished 10,000 acre Great Limberlost Swamp of Indiana, and also of her family’s Indiana farm, Hopewell, where she was raised. During the course of the play, she recalls some of the most difficult challenges she faced regarding these dear places, and she comes to terms with the terrible guilt she feels about failing to save them from destruction.

A Song in the Wilderness was first produced in 1993 as part of the annual Performances in the Humanities program of the Indiana Humanities Council, and starred Marcia Quick Gard as Gene Stratton-Porter. The show toured Indiana under the same banner during the spring of each year, through 1997. It was also produced for a festival about women in science at the Science Museum of Virginia in 2002, featuring the same actress. The 2017 production is offered in memory of Marcia Quick Gard, who passed away on December 16, 2016.

“There is one thing I know without question. The race of Man has created a fearsome and greedy beast called Progress, and it relishes every crushing stride with reckless abandon. I have seen what remains broken and lifeless in its wake, and I have tried to stop it. I have seen …. And I have felt an outrage that carries my sense of reason almost to the limit.” - Gene Stratton-Porter from A Song in the Wilderness, written by Larry Gard

Production Staff:

Actor …………………………………….. …….. Kerrigan Sullivan

Director …………………………………………..Jacqueline Jones

Stage Manager …………………………………. Alleigh Scantling

Producer/Playwright/Dramaturg ……...................... Larry Gard

Event date

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 8:00pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 8:00pm