Civil War Drama returning to the Dietrich

September 17th, 2015 11:54 am

First Posted: 8/25/2014

The Dietrich Theater will offer live theatre to the community as part of Tunkhannock’s sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War.

“The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock” will be presented in the Evans Theater at the Dietrich Saturday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 14 at 3 p.m.

The production offers audiences a glimpse of the effects the Civil War had on the lives of families and the young people who were attempting to start out on their own. During the last days of the war, a lost soldier and a young blind woman fall in love. They soon discover their similarities are far more important than their differences. The woman’s widowed mother, with one soldier son killed in front of her and another son still missing, is unable to let go of her bitterness and hatred. As a nation beginning the task of healing, the burning need for vengeance may reap unimaginably tragic consequences.

Although set in the Civil War, “The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock” is relevant to modern audiences, according to a theater news release, and spectators are likely to relate to the show’s cast of characters.

“It’s a story of two lovers from different sides - one Confederate, one Union - and the trials of the Civil War and their relationship,” said Margie Young, the Dietrich Theater’s program coordinator, in the release.

David Swanson and Owen Fraizer will portray soldiers from opposing sides, while Brenda Wenner performs as a bitter mother. Tony Moran will play the pastor who cannot preach to his disheartened congregation and Jila Rusavage, Laurel Radzieski, and Mary Van Vliet will portray the women who are left behind to deal with the realities and aftermath of war. Characters grapple with prejudices, rivalries and the challenges of following their hearts when loved ones don’t approve.

Admission to The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock is $10 and reservations can be made by calling 570-996-1500. The play will be presented as part of the sesquicentennial events that are happening throughout the area. For additional information, call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.