Cross Roads: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Norton S. Baskin in Unguarded Mo...

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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

4225 Northwest 34th Street

Gainesville, FL 32605

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The Friends of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm present Cross Roads: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Norton S. Baskin in Unguarded Moments. Produced by A Classic Theater (St. Augustine), the play will be presented in a benefit performance for the Friends for one performance only.

Dickey based the play on the correspondence between Rawlings. the author of the American classic The Yearling and Cross Creek, and her second husband, Norton Baskin. “What I was struck by,“ says Dickey, “was the immediacy of the letters, as if both were speaking in the present moment, revealing their hopes and fears, and the intersection of their daily routine at Marjorie’s beloved farm at Cross Creek and the life-altering events in the world beyond. I began to see a small microcosm of America during World War II. Too old for the draft, Norton enlisted as an ambulance driver with the American Field Service in India, and his letters reveal his longing for home, a gift for storytelling and a delightful sense of humor, often diminished but never lost.” At the same time Rawlings’ stories of life at the Creek were eagerly anticipated by Norton and his comrades. A previously uncredited parody by Rawlings of etiquette expert Emily Post, written for the amusement of Norton and his friends, is included in the play. As Dickey notes, it “perfectly captures the raucous humor shared by the author and Norton Baskin.”

In addition to the performance of the play, a reception with the playwright will be held at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for the reception may be purchased at cross-roads-reception.eventbrite.com.

All proceeds go to support the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park in Cross Creek, Florida.

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