The 2015 Dora Award winning musical Spoon River returns to Soulpepper for a limited engagement tonight. The show was developed in house when Artistic Director Albert Schultz gave Mike Ross a copy of Edgar Lee Masters' 1915 Spoon River Anthology,and suggested he explore it for the company's In the Pipeline new works program. Called the "natural child of Walt Whitman" Masters' sings small town life in all its diversity, richness and idiosyncrasy. More than 200 so-called ordinary people speak from the heart about their loves and losses, regrets and triumphs.
The show was first staged as a bare bones reading in 2012 at the Cabaret Festival. For it's second run the over 200 poems were whittled down to about fifty. The approach was intimate and immersive: performers moved among the audience, sometimes even sat beside them and sang to them, encouraging a feeling of inclusion and engagement with viewers, blurring the line between spectator and audience.
This run is short, with only nine performances over the next several weeks. But this is one to make room for on your calendar for sure! Check out the schedule and take a listen to Spoon River.