by Kari Catton
“touching, humorous, enlightening……” Healin’ Home review 2011
Illinois State Journal Register, Springfield, Illinois
Performance dates: July 10,11,17,18 at 7:30 pm; July 12 and July 19 at 2 pm
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About the Play
Set in Central Missouri in 1910, three orphaned siblings, Andalusia, Casey, and Bit, have run away from the Orphan Train. In a desperate attempt to stay together, the siblings stumble upon the homestead of broken-hearted parents, Jason & Sue Coley. Through intervention from omnipotent housekeeper, Bernadine, a yearning for family is awakened.
About the Director
Kevin Purcell has directed many plays in the U.S. over the past 30 years. He is an SIUC grad and also was co-founder of the Seattle Public Theater and Over the Moon Productions (Springfield, Ill). Stage Company audiences will remember Kevin’s production of Mother Hicks in July 2014. Kevin and his wife Lucia live in Cobden.
About the Playwright
Kari Catton has received numerous national writing awards. In August 2009, Healin’ Home won an Honorable Mention in the Jackie White Children’s Playwriting Contest. In December 2007, The Track Home: The Orphan Train, won 9th place in Stage Plays for the Writers Digest, Writing Competition. And in 2004, at the Alabama Ten-Minute Play Festival, The One Born With a Veil was named a Finalist. Kari has written numerous other plays, The Sparkle Miser, Born With A Veil, as well as other ten-minute plays. But Healin’ Home, thus far, is her favorite piece. Kari is Executive Director of Theatre in the Park located in Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic site in Petersburg, Illinois.
About the Orphan Train Movement
The Orphan Train Movement