“Agate Hill to Appomattox,” a New One-Woman Show by Barbara Bates Smith, Will Premiere at Deep Dish

Barbara Bates Smith will premiere "Agate Hill to Appomattox" on June 8-10 at Deep Dish Theatre Company in Chapel Hill
Barbara Bates Smith will premiere "Agate Hill to Appomattox" on June 8-10 at Deep Dish Theatre Company in Chapel Hill
Barbara Bates Smith will premiere "Agate Hill to Appomattox" on June 8-10 at Deep Dish Theatre Company in Chapel Hill
Barbara Bates Smith will premiere "Agate Hill to Appomattox" on June 8-10 at Deep Dish Theatre Company in Chapel Hill

Deep Dish Theater Company present will premiere Agate Hill to Appomattox: Southern Women’s Voices, a new one-woman show written and performed by Barbara Bates Smith, with music by Jeff Sebens, on June 8-10 in Deep Dish’s performance space between The Print Shop and the Public Library at the Dillard’s end of University Mall in Chapel Hill, NC.

According to Deep Dish Theater Company:

“… [This] one-woman play was adapted by Bates-Smith from the works of authors Lee Smith, Ron Rash, and Allan Gurganus. Musical accompaniment, drawn from the Civil War era, is by Jeff Sebens.

“The presentation features home-front glimpses from varying perspectives of the Civil War — from Lee Smith’s plucky young girl orphaned by the war in [Smith’s 2006 novel] On Agate Hill, to Ron Rash’s young ‘Lincolnite’ wife of a Union soldier under suspenseful threat in Confederate territory [in Rash’s 2010 short-story collection], to Allan Gurganus’ [1989 novel] Oldest Living Confederate Widow [Tells All] — telling amusing and poignant tales from her repertoire….

“Barbara Bates-Smith has performed her stage adaptations of works by Southern writers to great acclaim across the country, including her Off-Broadway engagement of Ivy Rowe, and she has twice visited the Deep Dish Theater with adaptations of Lee Smith novels.

The Independent Weekly touted her ‘vivid storytelling,’ as well as the ‘idyllic music by Jeff Sebens’ in its review of one of those pieces. She also tours with other adaptations, original monologues, and ‘Our Own Stories’ workshops.

“Post-show discussions are always a part of Bates-Smith performances. Allan Gurganus will join her and Mr. Sebens after the Friday-night performance….

“Mr. Sebens will also perform music from the period at an outdoor concert on Thursday, June 7th, [as] part of the Music on the Porch series presented by the UNC Center for the Study of the American South. The event will take place at the Love House and Hutchins Forum, located at 410 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill.

“The Deep Dish Theater Company is committed to presenting compelling, human-centered dramatic work that contributes to the cultural richness of the Triangle area and challenges audiences to explore concerns of the community and the world-at-large.”

Deep Dish Theater Company presents AGATE HILL TO APPOMATTOX: SOUTHERN WOMEN’S VOICES, written and performed by Barbara Bates Smith, at 8 p.m. June 8 and 9 and 2 p.m. June 10 in its performance space between The Print Shop and the Public Library at the Dillard’s end of University Mall, at the intersection of Estes Dr. and U.S. 15-501, in Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

TICKETS: $16.

BOX OFFICE: 919-968-1515 or http://www.etix.com/.

SHOW: http://www.deepdishtheater.org/news?n=95.

PRESENTER: http://www.deepdishtheater.org/.

DIRECTIONS: http://www.deepdishtheater.org/location.

NOTE: There will be a discussion after each performance, and the Friday-night talkback will include Barbara Bates Smith, Jeff Sebens, and novelist Alan Gurganus.

OTHER LINKS:

Agate Hill to Appomattox: http://www.barbarabatessmith.com/BBS/A_to_A.html (official web page).

Barbara Bates Smith: http://www.barbarabatessmith.com/ (official website).

Jeff Sebens: http://www.jeffsebens.com/ (official website).

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By Robert W. McDowell

Robert W. McDowell is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer, editor, and critic. He has written theater, film, book, and music previews and reviews for The News & Observer, The Raleigh Times, Spectator Magazine, and Classical Voice of North Carolina, all based in Raleigh. In 1980-91, he covered business, industry, government, and education for (We the People of) North Carolina magazine, published monthly by N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry. In April 2001, McDowell started Robert's Reviews, a FREE weekly e-mail newsletter that provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of the performing arts in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, which includes Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro. Triangle Review is the latest-and-greatest version of McDowell's original newsletter. (To start your FREE subscription, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE TR in the Subject: line.) From December 1980 until September 2017, McDowell served on the board of directors of The Cinema, Inc., a Raleigh-based nonprofit film society formed in 1966. He currently publishes a weekly list of FREE advance screenings of movies in the Triangle area. (To have your e-mail address added to this FREE list, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.) McDowell also co-edited and supervised the production of Jim Valvano's Guide to Great Eating (JTV Enterprises, 1984), a 224-page sports celebrity cookbook; and he served as a fact checker for Valvano: They Gave Me a Lifetime Contract, and Then They Declared Me Dead (Pocket Books, 1991).