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Barbara Bates Smith’s one-woman show “Go, Granny D” is currently touring Maine as part of an East Coast tour. The show will be performed in BLUE HILL Sunday April 6 at Emlen Hall (Bay School) on South Street at 7 p.m.
According to a press release by Alliance for Democracy Downeast:
Doris “Granny D.” Haddock walked across America at age 90 to bring the issue of campaign finance reform to the attention of people and the Congress, urging passage of the McCain-Feingold Act. The Act passed, but when it was largely overturned by the Supreme Court in 2010, Granny D, then 100 years old, inspired people when she said “Democracy is a running game. You huddle and you go back in. You keep going.”
Bates Smith’s show, based on Granny D’s memoir, brings a remarkable woman to life and will have you laughing and cheering. All are invited to enjoy this play, sponsored by Alliance for Democracy, Americans Who Tell the Truth, Island Peace & Justice, Maine AllCare, and Peninsula Peace & Justice. There will be refreshments. Admission is free, with donations gratefully accepted.
Alliance for Democracy had a special relationship with Granny D. as one of the groups that helped with her walk across America. Several members joined her in northern VA to make the last day’s walk across the bridge into Washington D.C., where there were enough people to circle the Congress. After that, Granny D. spoke at two of our conventions, as well as other events, such as the counter-inaugural held the day of George W. Bush’s first inauguration, which AfD co-sponsored. She was always inspiring and insightful. She never gave a “canned” speech; she always wrote one that directly addressed the issue at hand. This play is a wonderful way to honor and remember her, and be inspired anew, so that we can all huddle and then go back in. Please come if at all possible!
A SAMPLE REVIEW FROM a performance in CHAPEL HILL, NC:
“Barbara Bates Smith, who plays Granny D in this one-woman show, is known in North Carolina for her portrayal of “Ivy Rowe” from Lee Smith’s Fair and Tender Ladies. .. Bates has also performed original one-woman shows such as The C Word: Her Own Cancer Story and Confessions of a Clergy Wife. Other dramatic roles include parts in Wit, Doubt, Hamlet, and other high-profile performances.
Smith performs Granny D in a way that sometimes shows Granny D and sometimes Smith as she talks about Granny D. The show is sometimes a conversation with the audience about Granny D and her accomplishments, interjected with words taken from Granny’s own journal — which she spent two hours each night writing while on the road. Granny herself was quite the wit and a fine writer, and her words taken from her journal are fascinating reading. But when Smith dons the yellow vest that Granny D walked in she becomes Granny D, complete with her New Hampshire accent.
Smith is joined onstage by musician Jeff Sebens, who makes and plays hammered and lap dulcimers and accompanies Smith throughout the show. He is also another presence onstage, mapping out the route taken by Granny D across the middle of America and encouraging us to join in when a song is called for.“