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Dear Mother & All

A play based on the World War I letters from Marine Charles Vernon Brown and his family

Charles Vernon Brown, 1918
Collection Massillon Museum (84.97.282)

2017 Performance of Dear Mother & All

Dear Mother & All will be performed on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 2:00pm at the Lions Lincoln Theatre in conjunction with the exhibition Stark County in the Great War.

About the Play

Dear Mother & All is a play written by Sandra Perlman, based on the actual letters between a 19-year-old boy, his family, friends and relatives in Massillon, Ohio during a few months in 1918 while he served as a Marine in World War I, and again when his body came home from France in 1921. The play's structure is meant to counterpoint how one ordinary boy's experiences, life, and death affected all of those who knew him as parent, brother, relative, friend, schoolmate and boyfriend.

The play is based on letters preserved in the Massillon Museum archives, originally funded by the Ohio Humanities (1989).

To read more about this play or to download the script, please visit playwright Sandra Perlman's website.

2017 Auditions for Dear Mother & All

Monday, August 7, 2017 from 5:30-8:30pm
Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way East, Massillon, Ohio

Rehearsal Schedule for Dear Mother & All

Mondays, August 14, 21, 28 from 6:00-8:30pm
Tuesday, September 5 from 6:00-8:30pm
Mondays September 11, 18, 25 from 6:00-8:30pm
Monday & Wednesdays, all from 6:00-8:30pm
October 2, 4, 9, 11, 23, 25, 30
November 1, 6, 8
Dress rehearsal TBA
Performance Sunday, November 12 at 2:00pm

Questions may be directed to Producer Mandy Altimus Pond or Director David Harding.

Funded in part by:

Watch the 1989 Performance

Watch the 1989 performance at the Lincoln Theatre, Massillon, Ohio by clicking the links or view below:
Part I    |    Part II

1989 Performance Dear Mother and All, Act I

1989 Performance Dear Mother and All, Act II


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