Published On: Mon, Jan 19th, 2015

Award-Winning Play at the Merida English Library on February 22

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The Merida English Library will present one performance of “Soldier, Come Home,’’ the award-winning play by Frank W. Wicks based on his great-grandparent’s Civil War letters, Sunday, February 22, 4:00 p.m.
at the Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524x66y68 Centro, Merida(9999248401).

Music will be provided before the performance.

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“Soldier, Come Home” brings to life the American Civil War letters of Mary Luke Pringle, her husband, Philip W. Pringle, and family members. Wicks, a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, transformed the letters into a play, weaving the story of one family through the events of the Civil War. Mary Pringle wrote to her husband
from Armagh, Pennsylvania, while Philip and other family members corresponded from several major Civil War battle sites, including Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, the Siege of Petersburg, and Appomattox.

In 1950, the long-forgotten letters, written from 1859 -1865, were discovered in a shoe box in the attic of the home of Wicksʼ grandparents, John S. Wicks and Sadie Pringle Wicks, in South Fork, Pennsylvania.

 

The play, now in its 12th year of productions, has been performed throughout America, including an Off-Broadway presentation in New York City. For the opening performance, critics said, “Soldier, Come Home played to enraptured audiences. The script, plus the acting, staging, lighting and music produced an amazing, intimate view of history. This is a theater experience not to be missed.”

The Merida Library cast for “Soldier” features Elena Franco as Mary Pringle and George Guitian as Philip Pringle and includes Jack Robinson, Jim Innocent, Michael Keating, Joani O’Brien, and Richard
Bennink. Frank Wicks will direct the production and will present the Prologue to the play.

 

Tickets for the production are 150 pesos and may be purchased at the Merida English Library.

For further information about the Merida English
Library or “Soldier, Come Home,” or log onto www.meridaenglishlibrary.com or
www.civilwarplay.com.

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