We received the following press release from LowellArts.
LOWELL, MI, July 2, 2021 – The LowellArts Theater presents My Dearest Friend, written by Mary G. Kron and presented in association with GEM theatrics. Written by Michigan playwright Mary G. Kron, the play chronicles the true story of the lives of John and Abigail Adams. This activity is funded in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Michigan Humanities Council.
Performances are at the LowellArts Gallery, 223 W Main St, Lowell, MI 49331 on August 6, 7, 8 (matinee), 13 & 14. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:00pm and the Sunday show is at 2:00pm. Tickets: $18 in advance, and $20 at the door. Advance tickets available at lowellartsmi.org or by calling 616-897-8545.
The playwright, Mary G. Kron, will join the performers after the Sunday, August 8th matinee for a Q&A about her research into the letters and diaries of John and Abigail Adams. The challenges of working with primary sources and building the tension necessary to create three-dimensional, dramatic characters from centuries old material will be of interest to budding playwrights, history buffs, and casual audience members alike.
Using primary sources, My Dearest Friend chronicles the true love story of our second President and First Lady, John and Abigail Adams. This well-researched story begins as John writes to their son John Quincy Adams on the death of Abigail. In a poignant flash back, Abigail comes back to life and the two re-live the high points of their lives together.
Feel the anxiety as Abigail witnesses the Revolutionary war at her doorstep, while John is in Philadelphia stubbornly trying to get Congress to agree to declare independency. Learn of their love for each other and the struggles of their many and long separations while John was making history at home and abroad and Abigail kept the farm together and raised their children.
Discover new insights into this most modern of historical couples as American history comes to life with Gary E. Mitchell and Mary Beth Quillin portraying these larger-than-life characters as real, loving, conflicted human beings.
Gary E. Mitchell is a Grand-Award winning actor who has appeared on many Grand Rapids, MI stages, including Actors’ Theatre, Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids, and Heritage Theatre Group.
Mary Beth Quillin is an actor, storyteller, and director who has also appeared on the stages of the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Actors’ Theatre, Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids, Community Circle Theatre, and Heritage Theatre Group.
Mary G. Kron comes to playwriting from over 30 years’ experience in the theater as a performer, director, and instructor. She earned her BFA in Directing/Acting from Central Michigan University.
More information is available on the LowellArts website.