Friends of the Limberlost to present ‘A Song in the Wilderness’

Staff Writer

    The Friends of the Limberlost State Historic Site will offer a free performance of ‘A Song in the Wilderness’ at 7 p.m. May 26 at the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza in downtown Fort Wayne. This performance is a one-act, one-woman show about the life and experiences of Gene Stratton-Porter.
    The time is late June of 1924, approximately six months prior to her death. Gene is in the process of moving into her new workshop, located on Catalina Island, off the coast of California.
    While unpacking and arranging her belongings, she is reminded of her cherished 10,000 acre Great Limberlost Swamp of Indiana, and also of her family’s Indiana farm, Hopewell, where she was raised.
    During the course of the play, she recalls some of the most difficult challenges she faced regarding these dear places, and she comes to terms with the terrible guilt she feels about failing to save them from destruction.
    A Song in the Wilderness was written by Larry Gard and was first produced in 1993. The show toured Indiana each year from 1993 to 1997 and starred Marcia Quick Gard. The 2017 production is in memory of Gard, who passed away on Dec. 16, 2016.  
    The show stars Kerrigan Sullivan and is directed by Jacqueline Jones.