It’s hard to believe this much time has passed, but in the summer of 2014, I got to perform in two shows put on by the Batavia Theatre Project, run by Adam Haskell and Laura E. Haskell. Laura Haskell was working with her dear friend, Sarah E. Plummer, and together, the two women co-directed two plays, Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was Laura’s show, with Sarah assisting, and Old Town, which was Sarah’s show, with Laura assisting.
Adam’s job was to build the sets. He built a stage in the middle of Sycamore Township Park for all our Midsummer Night’s Dream shows, and he also built the stage for our production of Our Town in the Batavia Elementary School.
Both plays were presented in the summer of 2014, which coincided with Batavia’s Bicentennial.
In Midsummer Night’s Dream, I played Philostrate and one of the rude mechanicals, who played ‘Lion’ in the play-within-a-play scene performed at the end of the play.
In Our Town, I played Julia Gibbs, the mother of George Gibbs. In the photo at the left, I am in costume as Julia Gibbs.
In the photo at the bottom left, I am in costume in the second act of Old Town, playing the deceased Julia Gibbs in the graveyard scene. Batavia Elementary School did not have air-conditioning, and although it was a welcome relief to wear an all-cotton blouse in this scene, every time we performed this scene, a bead of sweat trickled down my back.
It was hot!
Did I mention it was hot?
At least on the outdoor stage, we had the benefit of fresh air, but it got mighty hot out there too, in the July and August sun, but I wouldn’t have given up the opportunity I had that summer to get back into acting with two back-to-back plays. It was a tight schedule, but we all made it.
I made a lot of friends that summer, too, and that was lovely, and I came to know a lot of the people who form the acting community of Cincinnati.