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TheatRE Production

My Dearest Friend by Mary G. Kron, a love story of President and First Lady, John and Abigail Adams

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The LowellArts Players presents

 

My Dearest Friend

by Mary G. Kron and presented in association with GEM Theatrics

August 6, 7, 8, 13 & 14

My Dearest Friend, by Michigan playwright Mary G. Kron, chronicles the true story of the lives of John and Abigail Adams. Using primary sources, the play is a touching flashback of the high points of their life together, making history come alive as it gives new insights into this most modern of historical couples.

Dates & Showtimes

Friday, August 6 at 7:00pm

Saturday, August 7 at 7:00pm

Sunday, August 8 at 2:00pm*

Friday, August 13 at 7:00pm

Saturday, August 14 at 7:00pm

Location

LowellArts, 223 W Main St, Lowell, MI 49331

*Playwright Talk-Back

The playwright, Mary G. Kron, will join the performers after the Sunday, August 8th matinee performance 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.

Runtime

Approx. 2 hours (including a 15 minute intermission)

Tickets

In Advance: $18 General Admission ($16 for LowellArts Members)

At the Door: $20 General Admission ($18 for LowellArts Members)

Tickets can be purchased on-line, by phone, or in person. Office hours for phone or in person ticket sales is Tuesday - Friday 10am-6pm. Call 616-897-8545.

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Synopsis


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. 

Playwright Bio

Mary G. Kron

Mary G. Kron comes to playwriting from over 30 years’ experience in the theatre as a performer, director, and instructor. She earned her BFA in Directing/Acting from Central Michigan University. Mary then pursued professional and community theatre credits in the West Michigan area as both director and actor, as well as teaching voice, acting, and musical theatre. Mary began writing plays in response to the very specific needs of Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s summer camps and performance classes. The very first script she submitted to a publishing house – "Rock of Ages" – was accepted and is available through Playscripts, Inc. Other scripts are available at Dramagon.com. In addition to GEM Theatrics, Mary’s scripts have been commissioned by the Grand Haven Library’s Historical Society, MomsBloom, and Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Her plays have been produced by High Schools and Community Theatres around the country.  With nearly 60 produced scripts to date, Mary divides her time between writing and Drama Dog Training LLC, her own canine instruction and boarding service.

My Dearest Friend is produced by special arrangement with Dramagon Playwriting and Theatrical Services.

About GEM Theatrics

GEM Theatrics is the husband and wife acting team of Gary E. Mitchell and Mary Beth Quillin. More info at gemtheatrics.com.

​Together Gary and Mary Beth have appeared in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Stephen Vincent Benet's Stories of America, Sight Unseen, Macbeth, Communicating Doors, My Dearest Friend, Old Love, Chapatti, and 2 Across.

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This activity is funded in part by the MICHIGAN COUNCIL FOR ARTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS and the MICHIGAN HUMANITIES COUNCIL.

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Cast Bios

Gary E. Mitchell

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. An educator, Gary teaches in the paralegal department at Davenport University and has also taught acting classes at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Favorite shows include 1776, The Merchant of Venice, Lost In Yonkers, The Rainmaker, and Conversations With My Father. He has appeared as a guest artist in Grand Valley State University’s Shakespeare Festival productions of Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, and Measure for Measure. He can be seen as Mel Trotter in the feature film One Life At A Time and as the President in the web series Real American.

Mary Beth Quillin

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.  Favorite shows include Enchanted April, Top Girls and Talking With. For Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids, she directed the Grand Award nominated production of Becoming Dr. Ruth, as well as Seniors of the Sahara, Kunstler and most recently, New Jerusalem. Mary Beth attended Grand Valley State University and has a B.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in performance and direction and has also appeared onstage with GVSU as a guest artist. Other directing credits include the World Premiere of Four Wounded Women, by Grand Rapids playwright Michael Smolinski, and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at East Grand Rapids High School. She can be seen in the award-winning web series Lucky Jay at luckyjayseries.com.

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