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Beneath Shelotn Laurel : A Play in Two Acts

23 Feb 2013

Civil War In the Mountains

The Civil War in Western North Carolina, still captures the attention of scholars, history buffs and even playwrights , as it did in 2009, for Sean O’Leary. His award winning play Beneath Shelton Laurel, drew sold out audiences at SART theatre in Mars Hill.

The play dramatizes the reconciliation of the victims and the perpetrators of a massacre that happened in Madison County in early 1863, where 13 men and boys suspected of Unionism were killed by Confederate soldiers.

Beneath Shelton Laurel returns to the stage, in a reader’s theatre production under the direction of Anita Chapman. It features well known veteran actors: Kermit Brown, Mike Vaniman, Steve Turner and Marlene Earp ( in the 2009 production ) and talented newcomers Ivy Medeiros, Andrew Griffin, and Gwydion Slashlee Walton. The blend of talent has been a rewarding mentoring experience for all.

Performances: Feb 22 at 7:30 pm and Feb 23 at 2:00 pm (discussion afterwards)

Simpson Hall on Victoria Rd.. on AB Tech, Asheville Campus

Sponsored by Western North Carolina Historical Association, for tickets: / 828.253.9231 Tickets $10 Adults/ $5 Students

For more information contact Carol Anders (828.686.1380) or