Selah theater presents ‘Immigrant Garden’

Selah Dessert Theater will present the area premiere of “Immigrant Garden — Letters” for a five- performance run starting Nov. 14.

The play was adapted by Stephanie Voss Nugent from the epistolary novel of the same name by Caroline Wood. Set in 1910, the play focuses on 17-year-old Cecily Barnes of Washington and 78-year-old Louise Beauchamp of England.

Through a series of letters, these women share an interest in gardening and questions about life. At very different seasons of their lives, a deep friendship grows between these women that transcends oceans and time.

Guest Artist Carol Davenport portrays Louise Beauchamp. A veteran actor from the New Hampshire seacoast area, Davenport originated the role of Louise in the play’s premiere at Act One in Portsmouth, N.H. Davenport’s credits include more than 150 professional and community theater roles.

Selah Dessert Theater founder Mary Ruth Lynn collaborated with Davenport on many projects when she lived in New Hampshire.

“Carol is a consummate actress and good friend,” Lynn said. “I am delighted that she agreed to recreate this role for our Selah audiences.”

Sarah Puhala returns to the Selah stage in the role of Cecily Barnes, a young woman with questions about gardening and how to find her way in the world without the guidance of her mother, and a father who just doesn’t know how to communicate with his daughter.

The role of arborist John Burrows is played by Medford Mashburn (Nick Mulichak will perform this role in the Nov. 23 performance), and Brenda Zyvith will portray Helen Curtis, Louise’s dear friend.

“Immigrant Garden — Letters” will be staged at 8 p.m. Nov. 14 to 16 and 22 and 23 at Selah Restaurant, 130 S. Bridge St., Struthers. Tickets are $18.50 and are available online at www.selahrestaurant.com and by calling 800-838-3006. A special opening night dinner package includes a four-course dinner and performance ticket for $36. The theater is accessible by stairs only.


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