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Dash to Danville for Dinner and a Play: Angela Correll’s novel, Grounded, comes to the stage July 7 – 18 at Pioneer Playhouse

Friends! If you live anywhere near Danville, Kentucky, make plans NOW to attend the play, Grounded. It’s based on Angela Correll’s excellent novel of the same name. Grounded The best part? It’s G-rated….so bring family and friends. It runs from July 7th to the 18th. (Go to: www.pioneerplayhouse.com for ticket information.) PPGroundedFlyer This opportunity gets even better for this non-cooking girl. The Pioneer Playhouse serves dinner before the play!!! (Options for tickets with or without dinner are available.)

Pioneer Playhouse calls Grounded an “uplifting play about family, faith, and the choices we make.” Kentucky Monthly says, “Grounded is a play about second chances and the lure of the land we call home.”

Pioneer Playhouse also tells us, “Grounded is part of our annual ‘Kentucky Voices’ series, which celebrates local writers and stories. (Read more about the Kentucky Voices series on Pioneer Playhouse’s website.)

If you want to hear the astonishing backstory of how this all came about, including a shooting from 100 years ago which involved one of Angela’s family members and one of the Playhouse’s owner’s family members, read Steven Vest’s article from May 26, 2015, Creative Connections, in www.kentuckymonthly.com

Once you pick your jaw up off the floor, and google what a hoosegow is (!!! Well, some of you may know and some of you may not. I obviously haven’t watched enough Westerns.), you’ll love learning that Angela said, “I really see this as a redemption of our family history in many ways.” Beautiful.


Pictured here are the Hensons, whose family has owned and run Pioneer Playhouse for over sixty-five years with Angela in the middle. Heather and Angela met in the 7th grade at Bate Middle School!

This entire experience (having a playwright create a play from one’s novel) made me super curious. I asked Angela how she felt about someone doing this. Did it make her nervous? Excited? Did the playwright flip things around a lot?

Several of my author friends have admitted getting a book published is like birthing a baby…Call me crazy, but I think it could be tricky to have someone else adjust one’s “baby”??!!!

Angela said she’s not met the playwright, but that her agent negotiated the contract with her which gave her artistic control.   She added, “When a book’s adapted for the stage (or a movie), changes have to be made since they are very different media. I understood that and knew the play needed to have some things that would heighten drama and make for a good show.”

Here’s my favorite thing Angela relayed, “My concern was to make sure it didn’t lose the ‘heart’ of Grounded. I also wanted it to stay G-rated.” I love that she kept the integrity of her book.

Chelsea Marcantel (pictured below) is the playwright who is currently a Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwright Fellow at The Julliard School in New York City, studying under renowned Kentucky playwright Marsha Norman. Angela got to see a rehearsal of the play recently and found herself getting emotional. (Can you imagine seeing your book and its’ characters come to life???) This makes me all the more excited to see the play. ChelseaMarcantel02--240x300

Angela will be at the playhouse every night signing copies of her novel and will talk about her writing. There will also be demonstrations and tastings (can this experience get any better???) from vendors of locally made products such as Marksbury Farms, Kentucky Soaps and Such, Buster Bees, Wilderness Trail and others.

Ever since my buddies the Butter Babes and I ventured to Stanford I’ve been dying to take my better half, John, there too. I’m happy to report Hubster and I’ll be making the trip, staying in one of Angela’s newly remodeled guesthouses (www.wildernessroadguest.com) and then going to dinner and the play in Danville. (Stanford’s only ten miles from Danville.)  This is a primo opportunity with our upcoming 31st Anniversary next week!!!

Lord willing, we’ll grab breakfast the next morning at Angela’s restaurant, The Bluebird Café (www.bluebirdnatural.com), and then we’ll go shopping at Angela’s store, Kentucky Soaps and Such (www.kentuckysoapsandsuch.com). Her goat’s milk body cream is the best product on the planet. I have multiple friends who are hooked.

Back in May, I wrote about the Babes’ visit to Stanford plus Angela guest posted a wonderful article called “A Time for Everything”. Here’s the link FYI: “Why Can’t Anyone See I’m Still Mourning?”

Please join me in praying for this endeavor starting July 7th through the 18th: for all the actors, the production, the details, the weather (even tho’ they do have Plan B inside!!!), and for ALL attendees, who perhaps may not know the Lord, that they will be drawn to Him after watching this.

Hebrews 10:25 says, “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”

Hope to see you at the play!

Be watching for Angela’s next novel, Guarded, due out in December.

‘Til next time!

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