Panama Canal Women Play Debuts

Una escena de Threads of Silver and Gold.

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Panama Canal Women Play Debuts. The theater company entitled ‘A Classic Theatre’ is pleased to announce that Deborah B. Dickey’s “Threads of Silver and Gold: Women of the Panama Canal” will receive its first staging in the Republic of Panamá on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 7:30 pm. The play was first produced by ACT producers Jean Rahner, Anne Kraft, and Anne Curtis, with Tom Mangan as Technical Director in its world premiere in St. Augustine, Florida, in October of 2015. The production was directed by the playwright, Dickey. The performance in Panama will be presented at the Theatre Guild of Ancon located on Gaillard Ave. and will again be directed by the playwright.

Panama Canal Women Play Debuts

Panama Canal Women Play Debuts: a scene fromThreads of Silver and Gold.

“Threads of Silver and Gold” will be staged as a fundraiser for the Marcia L. Henry Foundation, which supports the education of young women in Panama. On a research trip to Panama, Dickey toured the Museo Afro Antillano in Panamá City where she learned more about the important contributions of West Indians to the building of the Panamá Canal and to Panamanian history. She also met Marcia Henry, who became the inspiration for one of the characters in her play.

Created in honor of the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal, the play looks at the role of women who arrived from the West Indies, England and the United States during the construction period. The play received its first reading at the Hippodrome Theatre in Gainesville, Florida in February of 2015. Dickey’s other recent plays include “Sweet Emmaline: The Musical Journey of Debbie McDade”and “Cross Roads: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Norton S. Baskins in Unguarded Moments”, both of which premiered at’A Classic Theatre’.

An old photograph taken at the time of the Panama Canal’s construction.

An old photograph taken at the time of the Panama Canal’s construction.

Dickey received a grant from the University of Florida Center for the Humanities to write the play in collaboration with the Panama Canal Museum. Paul Ortiz, Director of the Oral History Program at UF, said of the play, “ ‘Threads of Silver and Gold’ is an intimate and compelling portrayal of life in the Panama Canal Zone. Told through the voices of women from the West Indies, England and the United States, this play is a poignant and powerful rendition of life as it was experienced by people from different backgrounds. The themes of race, gender and labor are beautifully portrayed”.

For more information on The Theatre Guild of Ancon, visit the website www.anconguild.com

For more information on A Classic Theatre, visit the website www.aclassictheatre.org

Contact ACT via email at aclassictheatre@hotmail.com.

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