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A TALE OF TWO CHARLIES, Sun 8/18, 7:30pm, $12/15

Charlie McKinney had four wives at the same time, and they all got along. He also had 48 children! In contrast, Charlie Silver's wife, Frankie, got hanged for murdering him. This play interweaves these historical stories, which happened near the Orchard at Altapass on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The play stars Sherry Lovett and Larry Pearlman. The play is directed by Kiesa Kay and written by Joe Carson.

JO CARSON, a great American playwright, poet, essayist, and actor, wrote the play for the Historic Orchard at Altapass, founded by her family members, Bill and Judy Carson and Kit Trubey. Jo was a frequent commentator on NPR and helped to found Alternate Roots.

SHERRY LOVETT has been a middle school teacher, elementary media specialist, homeschooler, educational cooperative leader, teaching artist for Penland School of Crafts, workshop facilitator, and, through it all, a storyteller. Through mystical Celtic stories, haunting ballads, historical narratives, and wise and wonderful folktales, Sherry swirls together a magical stew to delight audiences from school assemblies to a variety of adult performances.She connects with her audiences through universal themes and delivers stories with beautiful language and graceful movements. Her mission is to inspire, encourage, entertain, and connect with people through the art of storytelling.

FREDERICK PARK is a man of many parts, the bard would have said. Respect for his Appalachian roots took a back seat while life suggested one should speak English without any sign of regional dialect if theater was in the cards. Theater took," beginning with children's theater in grade school. Simultaneously the study of fine art (oil painting, printmaking, water color, charcoal, pastel drawing) held sway most evenings and weekends. Working to learn music, to digest and teach traditional dance from three countries across two centuries, to study and support non-profit arts and education initiatives led to full days and nights, all the while embracing any opportunity to share or hear tales, to take on a role in a play or to arrange performance events. Mr. Park is also a gifted photographer, designer and color scientist and an arm-chair historian/anthropologist/folklorist. One side of his life is studio, the other is going out to engage, entertain, educate and listen. His bio used to read, Frederick Park is a Perpetrator of Antique Recreation." Thats still true.

KIESA KAY writes and directs historical plays. Her plays have been presented in North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Colorado. Theater credits include Thunder is the Mountain's Voice, (Rocky Mountain National Park and Park Village Playhouse), and Love Makes a Home: The Life of Rebecca Boone, (Orchard at Altapass, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Berea College, White Horse Black Mountain, the Thomas Wolfe Center at Lenoir Rhyne University, and more). Kiesa plays the fiddle and she loves to dance.
$12 in advance
$15 at the door