Playwright John Ficca brings an enhanced reading of his play to Heartland’s stage.
Presented at Heartland Theatre by John Ficca
Featuring the following well-known actors: Devon and Rhys Lovell, Cristen Monson, Cathy Sutliff and Todd Wineburner
Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 10 at 3:00 pm
$5 Donation at the door. Reservations: 309.452.8709 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
All proceeds are donated to Heartland Theatre Company
ABOUT THE PLAY:
A FINALIST IN THE EUGENE O’NEILL NATIONAL PLAYWRIGHTS CONFERENCE in 1983. “Safe Like the Sparrow Hawk” was conceived and written in l983. It grew out of two experiences that impacted the life of the playwright. The first relates to his childhood, growing up in the steel mill environs of the northern Ohio Valley; the second to his service in Korea during the height of the war that raged there in the early l950’s. The play’s central dramatic theme deals with the return to the ethnic world of a young soldier, the son of recent Italian emigrants and examines how he and his younger sister must cope with a family crisis that impacts and strains against all their efforts at accommodations, and their efforts to restore harmony. Along the way, a mystery must be untangled and old world verses modern values must be reconciled
ABOUT JOHN FICCA
John Ficca, Professor Emeritus and former Director of the School of Theatre Arts at Illinois Wesleyan University, has directed numerous plays, from classical to modern. His areas of concentration at IWU were in acting, directing, theatre history and literature. He has also written a number of plays which have been produced locally, including at Heartland Theatre, and in professional venues in other large cities. Thanks to all the HEARTLAND people: operating in an intimate and pleasing facility and with an overall theatre spirit that makes the whole process enriching for “watchers” and “doers” alike.