Work Song: Three Views of Frank Lloyd Wright, by Jeffrey Hatcher and Eric Simonson will be directed by Crystal Meier at the Mason City Community Theatre, located at 215 S. Delaware Avenue.
Performances will be at 7 pm on September 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th & 17th and matinees will be held at pm on September 11th and 18th.
Director, Crystal Meier chose this play over a year and a half ago to coincide with the opening of the Historic Park Inn on State Street. She was inspired to choose the play because in knowing the basics of his life, she felt that as people visit and appreciate his wok it is important for them to keep in mind that he was a person that was more than just the master of his craft.
Meier describes Work Song as very witty and full of purpose driven dialog. Audience members who are curious about Frank Lloyd Wright will find this a good introduction and those who are more knowledgeable will find it a good condensed representation.
The three act play offers a view into different stages of Wright’s life and how his relationships interplay with his career and vice versa. “Much like life moves a long, so does the play.” says the director. The first and second acts have Chris Dalrymple as Frank Lloyd Wright. In the first act we see him at the beginning of his career, married to Catherine Wright, played by Colleen Hayes and his first meeting with the infamous Mamah Cheney, played by Heather Guilin. The second act portrays his money troubles, the founding of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and his marriage to Olgivanna Wright, played by Aimee Lee. In the final act we find an older Wright that is “softer and less blustering” played by John Henry.
It is an “intriguing piece of theater done by talented performers that range from not having been on the stage in twenty years, being new to the stage and consistent performers.” It also incorporates the work of local artists. David Lee is the Technical Director and Set Designer,
there will be a model of the Robie House in Hyde Park Chicago constructed by Ron Hanna and his grandson Nathan Hanna, a sculpture has been made by Paul Weitzel to represent Flower in the Crannied Wall at Taliesin and elaborate work is being done on a fireplace, by Mark Whitten, found at the Edwin Cheney House in Oak Park, Illinois.
Tickets are $14 each and can be reserved by calling the Box Office at 641-424-6424 from 1-5
pm, Monday through Friday.