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Stelle Di Domani Series: A Shaker's Path: A Theatrical Exploration Based on the Life of Mother Ann Lee 

When: Sun., May 30, 6-7 p.m., Mon., May 31, 8-9 p.m., Thu., June 3, 9-10 p.m., Fri., June 4, 6-7 p.m., Sat., June 5, 3-4 p.m. and Sun., June 6, 5-6 p.m. 2010
Price: $16/adult, $13/seniors and students
www.piccolospoleto.com

A devised drama based on the life of Mother Ann Lee, the founder of the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, also known as the Shakers. Part of the Stelle Di Domani Series at Piccolo Spoleto Festival.

Whole lotta shakin' goin' on
Theater aficionados, take note: Some quite interesting techniques — such as Commedia dell'Arte, Viewpoints, and Meyerhold's Biomechanics — will be represented onstage in A Shaker's Path. In many ways, the story of Ann Lee and the beginnings of the Shaking Quakers, or Shakers, is perfectly suited for these methods of improvised performance. The play is presented by the Collaborative Collective Players of Virginia.

Good wood
Most of us are familiar with the exquisite workmanship of Shaker furniture, but the actual people themselves may be more of a mystery (abstinence does not lend itself to passing a belief system down between generations, for obvious reasons). A Shaker's Path is the perfect opportunity to gaze into that world through the life of its founder.

Local girl makes good
Before she went on to train at Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts in England or to learn about Commedia dell'Arte in Italy, Laura Rickard earned her B.A. in theater at the College of Charleston. Here's your chance to see what years of experience in the great, big world have done for this talented alumna.

— Jason A. Zwiker

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