The Elon School will perform “Spoon River Anthology” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Historic Depot amphitheatre, 200 S. Main St., Burlington.
Edgar Lee Masters wrote “fictional” epitaphs to be published in the magazine “Reedy’s Mirror” in 1915. These poems were based on fictional characters. The stories were named “Spoon River” after the name of the river behind Masters’ home in Illinois.
However, Bethany Baker, director of the show, said that many of the characters and events were based on real people Masters knew.
“The work has the spirits of the dead speaking without reason to lie, and without consequence, resulting in a realistic, provocative image of small town America during the late 1800s to early 1900s, not the idyllic, wholesome utopia so often portrayed.”
The show will star Tabitha Bass, Johnna Bingham, Mitchell Holsclaw, Gavin Kowalski, Beth Lehman, Shuler McCathey, Alyssa Padmos, Michael Pinson, Hunter Shoffner and Ana Silva.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling (336) 222-TIXS or visiting the box office between the hours of noon and 3 p.m. today through Saturday.