GENESEO – Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, William Letchworth, Colonel John Rorbach and George and Maria are coming to the Riviera Theater this evening with Wicket Ways.
Written by Conesus resident Ruth Henry, the historical musical drama follows 14 Livingston County and Genesee Valley historical figures on their historical (with some fun liberties) croquet match at the Glenn Iris, then Letchwoth’s private residence, in 1895.
“Personalities and ideologies clash on Victorian social issues of temperance, suffrage, education, industry, charity, and matrimony,” said Henry. “Susan is all about the vote; George Eastman gave money to The Rochester Anti-Suffrage Society. George’s mother just wants him to find a wife. Tournament host William Letchworth is a bit senile and pre-occupied with rhyming. Clara is headed for a breakdown, but is cheered when she and Col. Rorbach reminisce about meeting during the Civil War in Fredericksburg.”
The play casts 14 characters, among them are: Susan B. Anthony (Sally Fox), George Eastman (Chris Norton) and his mother Maria Eastman (Diane Chevron), Clara Barton (Hannah May Henry), William P. Letchworth (Brian Lewis) and Colonel John Rorbach (Dennis Dawson).
Henry wrote the play as the result of a 2015 Genesee Valley Arts Individual Artist Grant (a decentralized program of NYSCA) administered at Livingston Arts. The family-friendly program is about 80 minutes long.
Livingston County Historian Amie Alden called the play ‘a fun romp.’
Showtimes are Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 2 at 3 p.m. The show is approximately 80 minutes long.
Adult tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Childrens’ tickets (ages 3 to 15) are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. All proceeds benefit the Livingston County Historical Society. Tickets are available through The Geneseo Riviera Theater Box Office (585-481-0036),
on the Historical Society’s website here.