Hope to Present Jean Bahle's Two-Person
Posted September 18, 2002
HOLLAND -- Reprising their roles as immigrant
sisters Basha and Drusha, Hope College theatre faculty
member Jean Bahle and theatre chair Daina Robins will be
offering two performances of Bahle's "America Herself" on
Thursday and Friday, Sept. 26-27, in the DeWitt Center
The performance on Thursday, Sept. 26, will be at
9 p.m. to accommodate those who wish to attend both the
college's Visiting Writers Series event earlier in the
evening and "America Herself." The Friday, Sept. 27,
performance will be at 8 p.m.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
The two-person play began as a conversation four
years ago, when Bahle and Robins discovered commonalities in
an immigrant heritage and shared memories of growing up with
sisters. Last fall, Fred Sebulske, managing director of
Actors' Theatre in Grand Rapids, launched a New Plays
project offering local playwrights John Rich and Jean Bahle
a year-long process to develop their work. Staged readings
and audience feedback throughout the year culminated in
final productions earlier this spring at Actors' Theatre.
"America Herself" mixes story theatre and
absurdist humor, and explores inherited ideas of what it
means to belong to an American culture. With the play still
a work-in-progress, Bahle is happy to have another
opportunity to perform the piece in front of an audience.
Minor revisions have made it into this version as Bahle and
Robins rehearse under Sebulske's direction.
Seating is open, and there will be a brief talk-
back session following each performance. The studio theatre
is on the ground level of the DeWitt Center, which is
located on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street.
The production is co-sponsored by the college's
Cultural Affairs Committee, Department of English of Theatre
and Women's Studies Program.