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Pec Playhouse stages Escanaba In Love, starting Sept. 18
From press release
PECATONICA, Ill.—The show that became a huge hit with Pec Playhouse Theatre fans, Escanaba in Da Moonlight, now has a prequel, Escanaba In Love.
This play is again set in the Soady deer camp, only this time it’s World War II.
Eighteen-year-old Albert Soady Jr. is celebrating his final hunting season before he becomes a sharpshooter for the U.S. Army, when he falls head-over-heels for the legendary Big Betty Balou—the woman destined to become the mother of Reuben and Remnar. The question is, does she have what it takes to become part of Escanaba’s “royal” family?
“Writing the prequel was like putting on a pair of your old, favorite shoes,” says playwright Jeff Daniels. “I never intended to write a companion piece to Escanaba in Da Moonlight. Once I started writing it, though, it was just a matter of going back into that world, hearing their voices. … The thing is, with the Soadys, I never wanted to leave.”
Returning to the stage are two Escanaba regulars, Glen Wiegert as Albert Soady and Jamie Button as Great Grandpa Alphonse. Joining them are Jerry Vanderhayden as “the Jimmer,” Jessica Boggie as Big Betty Balou, and Stephen Ramberg as Albert Soady Jr. Jesse Dabson, who played “the Jimmer” in Escanaba in Da Moonlight, returns this time as director.
Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., Sept. 18-Oct. 4. Reserve tickets ($10) by calling (815) 239-1210. Additional information about Escanaba In Love and other shows can be found at www.pecplayhouse.org.
From the September 9-15, 2009 issue