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BREWER – The spirit of live theatre is alive and well in Brewer, courtesy of the spirits of the dead.

Local companies Ten Bucks Theatre and True North Theatre have come together in collaboration for their outdoor production of the Edgar Lee Masters classic “Spoon River Anthology.” The show – which has limited audiences and socially distanced seating – is running at Brewer’s Indian Trail Park, with performances at 1 and 4 p.m. on October 24 and 25. Tickets, as well as information about safety protocols and guidelines, are available at www.tenbuckstheatre.org.

“Spoon River Anthology” was first published in 1915, a collection of free verse poems that purported to be epitaphs of the now-deceased residents of the titular town, based largely on Masters’ hometown of Lewistown, Illinois. Consisting of 212 characters and, in all, nearly 250 accounts of their lives in small-town rural America. In the years since, it has become a mainstay of theatrical groups of all levels – a rare work that allows for production flexibility while also remaining evocative and compelling. That flexibility makes it an ideal offering for the current time and place.

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