Largely Literary Theater Company co-founders Sara Showman and Mark Dawidziak will present a spirited program of ghost stories at the Rodman Public Library main auditorium on Tuesday, Oct 22, at 6:30 p.m. The two-part Ghosts By the Tale presentation opens with Showman telling a romantic ghost tale and a not-so-romantic ghost tale – two looks at relationships from a supernatural point of view. Dawidziak, the company’s artistic director, then will shift the spooky mood a bit with personal stories about spirits connected to Akron-area locations.
Specializing in faithful adaptations of great literary works, the Largely Literary Theater Company was founded in 2001 to promote literacy, literature and live theater. The troupe is best known for: Twain By Three, a two-act adaptation of humorous sketches by Mark Twain; The Tell-Tale Play, a two-act collection of poems and stories by Edgar Allan Poe; and its three-person version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The company recently performed Twain By Three as part of Massillon’s Big Read devoted to Mark Twain. In 2009, the troupe premiered its latest play, The Mystery of Dashiell Hammett, written for Hiram College’s Big Read program celebrating Hammett and The Maltese Falcon.
As the company’s managing director, Showman performs “Eve’s Diary” and portrays other characters in Twain By Three. She plays 15 roles in A Christmas Carol, and performs “The Masque of the Red Death,” “The Bells” and “Alone” in The Tell-Tale Play. She performs several storytelling programs, including Animal Tales and Holiday Stories with Mrs. Santa Claus, at area schools and libraries and recently added a program for senior citizens titled Stories for the Ages, ideal for Red Hatters, senior church groups, clubs and civic organizations.
The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call 330-821-2665, ext. 208.