Spoon River Anthology, Part 2

Spoon River Anthology, Part 2
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Synopsis

The deceased residents of Spoon River, Illinois, reflect on their lives, recounting their stories from beyond the grave. Together, they paint a picture of a quintessential American town at the turn of the 20th century. Part 2 of 5.

Bonus Features

WKNO "Checking on the Arts" interview with Kacky Walton (18:53)


Cast and Crew

Role   Name
Lois Spears ..................... Lauren Rachel
Justice Arnett ..................... Kevin Rardin
Willard Fluke ..................... David Caffey
Aner Clute ..................... Ashley Trevethan
Lucius Atherton ..................... Chris Cotten
Homer Clapp ..................... Jason Hodges
Deacon Taylor ..................... Randall Hartzog
Sam Hookey ..................... Jeffrey Stayton
Cooney Potter ..................... Greg Boller
Fiddler Jones ..................... Rodney Rastall
Nellie Clark ..................... Kilby Yarbrough
Louise Smith ..................... Rachel Newsome
Herbert Marshall ..................... Jyo Carolino
George Gray ..................... Jake Smith
Hon. Henry Bennett ..................... Donald Meyers
Griffy the Cooper ..................... Gene Elliott
Sexsmith the Dentist ..................... Jim Robinson
A.D. Blood ..................... Ross Williams
Robert Southey Burke ..................... TeKay
Dora Williams ..................... Joy Bishop
Mrs. Williams ..................... Renee Davis Brame
William ..................... Zach Williams
Emily ..................... Jillian Barron
The Circuit Judge ..................... Jon Sparks
Blind Jack ..................... Sam Weakley
John Horace Burleson ..................... Justin Willingham
Nancy Knapp ..................... Ashley Bugg Brown
Barry Holden ..................... John Maness
State's Attorney Fallas ..................... Joe Leibovich
Wendell P. Bloyd ..................... Jeff Posson
Francis Turner ..................... Chase Wages
Franklin Jones ..................... J.T. Harrington
John M. Church ..................... Christopher Tracy
Russian Sonia ..................... Rachael Everson
Isa Nutter ..................... Angela Wynn
Barney Hainsfeather ..................... Paul Brandt
Petit, the Poet ..................... Jamie Boller
Pauline Barrett ..................... Lena Wallace Black
Mrs. Charles Bliss ..................... Laurin DeRamus-Osman
Mrs. George Reece ..................... Caroline Sposto
Rev. Lemuel Wiley ..................... John Callery
Thomas Ross, Jr. ..................... John Dylan Atkins
Rev. Abner Peet ..................... Rick Pilon
Jefferson Howard ..................... Joe Vescovo
Judge Selah Lively ..................... Gary Cook
Albert Schirding ..................... Greg Krosnes
Jonas Keene ..................... Jim Thompson
Eugenia Todd ..................... Danielle Carr
Yee Bow ..................... Benjamin Cheng
Washington McNeely ..................... Ron Jewell
Paul McNeely ..................... Marc Holder
Musician ..................... Luís Seixas
Artist ..................... John Childress
Producer ..................... Eric Sefton
Producer ..................... Robert Arnold
Producer ..................... Barnypok RwaDGXGhsycHjT
Director ..................... Robert Arnold
Director ..................... Barnypok RwaDGXGhsycHjT
Announcer ..................... Ashley Trevethan


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Notes

The logistics of Chatterbox's Spoon River Anthology project are relatively complex, and while we're busy getting all the performers auditioned, scheduled, recorded, and edited, it's easy to lose track of the bigger picture. So it's a real joy now and again to take a step back, share the most recent performances we've recorded, and reflect on the project's progress to date.

Releasing the poems in sets of 50 allows us to do just that. As the we work our way through the full cycle -- and as the poems and characters pile up -- stepping back also enables us to see the emerging outlines of this fully imagined and wholly believable small town.

Masters's epic poem cycle is, of course, all about small details combining into a larger picture. In this installment of Spoon River Anthology, we meet tragic figures, heroes and heroines, a few outright villains, the embittered, the regretful, the peaceful, the lost.

It's a real thrill to bring this town to life with the help of another 50 wonderful actors, and it's mind-boggling to reflect that all these characters sprang from the pen of a single man. Today we would call that kind of effort "world-building." Masters, I think, would have simply called it life.

Welcome back to town.

--Robert Arnold