Tags:The Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway in east Asheville will host the stage performance of Tom Godleski’s original play, Fresh Preserves, Jan. 13 -15, 2012.
Fresh Preserves is the 2009 winner of Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre's Annual Scriptfest Playwright Competition. The play is a blend of southern Appalachian mountain storytelling and songwriting.
Tom Godleski is a native of Western North Carolina and well-known for his bluegrass band Buncombe Turnpike. According to the Southern Highland Guild's website,
Godleski has been inspired by the area's history and by his own family's stories. In 2008, Godleski produced the CD Fresh Preserves based on stories handed down to him from his grandfather, mother and uncle. After the CD he wanted to write a play honoring those people in his life. Godleski explains, "My Uncle Robert Fowler was my biggest influence as a storyteller. He passed away in August of 2008 - he was 94 years old. He got dementia at the end of his life, and he couldn't remember his stories. Then it became more important to write this play, to keep the stories alive." All the songs from the CD are woven into the production of the play. Actors and musicians share roles - making the play a multimedia experience for the audience. Fresh Preserves also features visual art as original paintings by Asheville artist Scott Allred are brought onstage spotlighting characters and scenes.
Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students.
Show times are Friday, Jan. 13, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 15, 2:30 p.m.Read the full article