Rather than have Wuss-Out Wednesday, I shall provide a brief update on Roxy, the play being presented by the Herkimer County Historical Society at Ilion Little Theatre. Full disclosure: as opening night gets closer this blog may become All Roxy All The Time. For now we will content ourselves with an update.
For anyone who has missed my previous posts about the play, it is an original play, written by local author Jack Sherman, about a historical crime which happened right here in the Mohawk Valley. In 1884 in the Town of Warren, Roxalana Druse killed her husband, Bill, with a gun and an ax. She was later tried in the County Courthouse in Herkimer NY and hung in the 1834 Jail.
The story is set some 30 years after the murder. Roxy’s son, George, all grown up now, is telling the story to his daughter, Florence. It’s not like those old movies Steven likes to make fun of, where the whole thing is a big flashback. Rather, the action switches back and forth between the past and present, with Florence asking questions and remarking on the events. Sometimes within the past, the action goes even further back; as a character testifies in court, the murder is re-enacted.
At our rehearsal last night things seemed to be going very well. The transitions from present to past to re-enactment are getting smoother. Characters are being developed. It is beginning to feel like a play.
We have rehearsal again tonight and I fear I have not looked over my lines since yesterday. I should perhaps hit publish and do that. Roxy will be presented September 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20, at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, at Ilion Little Theatre, Remington Avenue, Ilion, NY. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students. For more information call 315-866-6413.