Spoon River — A New Play in Guilford This Weekend

SPOON RIVER, the 1915 American classic about the people in a rural small town, is this spring’s offering at Guilford Center Stage. The original is an anthology of free-verse poems, spoken by the residents of the town graveyard. We meet some 70 different characters in vignettes that are in turn touching, sad, and amusing. Our stage adaptation is by Guilford playwright, Michael Nethercott, who directs an ensemble of 16 actors from Bernardston, Athens, Chester, Westminster West, Brattleboro, and Guilford.

The performances are Friday May 4, and Saturday May 5, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday the 6th at 2 pm, at Broad Brook Community Center in Guilford, home of Broad Brook Grange, which sponsors this theater group. Tickets are $10 general admission.

The show includes dances and music, including actors singing and playing harp, guitar and even stage manager, Sue Shedd, playing flute. Scenic design is by Jason Clark, with painting by Maria Pugnetti; lighting and sound is provided by Katia Morosan, and wardrobe is managed by the director and assisting cast members.

Cast members are Beverly Miller, Maggie McGlone-Jennings, Julie Holland, Cris Parker-Jennings, Jenny Holan, Maryann Kelley Parrott, Carolyn Taylor-Olson, Evelyn McLean, Sheala Holland, Robert Tucker, Joel Kaemmerlen, Marvin Shedd, Richard Epstein, Joshua Cunningham, Jan van Oene, and Michael Nethercott.

And every audience seat has a cheerful, soft, red cushion! Due to renovations starting in June, this will be the only 2018 show on this stage, so please don’t miss this performance.

Our theater is up a flight of stairs at 3940 Guilford Center Road. If you wish to use a credit card to purchase tickets, you should do so in advance at or at 1-800-838-3006. At the door, you may use cash or a checks payable to Broad Brook Grange. Guilford Center Stage is now on Facebook.

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