The Vicious Hillbilly or Dating in the Deep South, a tale of woe in story and song
Runtime 55 min
Storyteller/singer-songwriter, Dawn Larsen, grew up in the Ozarks amid lots of mountain music, arts, and storytelling. Driving down the road one day, trying to decide on the order of songs for her CD, The Vicious Hillbilly, she realized that the CD was a chronicle of her pathetic love life via online dating as a mature, progressive, educated hillbilly girl living in the South. She fashioned those experiences into a one-woman show, The Vicious Hillbilly or Dating in the Deep South, a tale of woe in story and song. A poignant comedy, highlighting 10 lessons (and one bonus lesson!) learned, the show combines her original songs with the story of the journey of her discovery of who she is, what she wants, and that love is her divine right.
She has performed this show for two years at festivals including: Cincy Fringe, Atlanta Fringe, St. Louis Fringe, Southeastern Theatre Conference Fringe, and Nashville Women's Work.
Maxine Lacey, Tent Show Actress
Runtime 60 min
Maxine Lacey and her family traveled with the Bisbee Comedians tent show in rural western Kentucky and western and middle Tennessee from 1940-1965. She starred in many lead roles doing twenty or so small towns per season. These traveling tent shows presented popular melodrama, and most especially Toby shows, which featured a stock character named Toby. The star of the show, Toby was a freckled faced rube who with his friends and family outwitted the evil city slickers. For much of the first half of the 20th century tent shows were the main source of entertainment for millions of rural Americans and the Toby character became an archetype leading to other characters like Andy Griffith. The role of Susie, Toby's smarter than she looks girlfriend, was one of Maxine's favorite roles. Dawn brings Maxine to life as she chronicles life on the road with a tent show.
Dawn performed this show with the Kentucky Humanities Council's Telling Kentucky's Story Chautauqua program for five years, as well as all over rural Tennessee and southern Illinois for special events.