UNION (WVDN) – Cathey Sawyer, longtime artistic director of the Greenbrier Valley Theatre, is bringing her acclaimed production of the Pearl Buck play, “All Under Heaven”, to the Ames-Clair Hall in Union Sunday, Aug. 28, at 2 p.m. in a free performance sponsored by the Monroe County Historical Society.
Sawyer portrays not only the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, but also a dozen other characters who played important roles in Buck’s life, in an amazing performance that has taken audiences’ breath away.
She has researched he role very thoroughly, including visiting Pearl S. Buck International in Perkasie, Pa., where she found original artifacts which are referenced in the play, including the desk and typewriter Buck used to write her Pulitzer Prize winning novel “The Good Earth”, her beloved childhood set of Dickens novels, which survived the destruction of her missionary parent’s home in Nanking, China, in an early battle of what became a nationwide civil war; and a set of lacquer boxes President Richard Nixon brought back as a gift to her form his historic trip to China in 1972.
You’ll see these images come to life in the performance Sunday, along with many more stories, tragic as well as funny, inspiring as well as infuriating.
It is truly an event not to be missed.
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