A BEND IN THE CRICK OF TIME – True Tall Tales From Olde Saugerties
Presented Aug. 23-25, 2013 at Tina Chorvas Waterfront Park in Saugerties NY.
- Cast and production credits available here.
- Read press coverage here.
- A video of the August 24th performance can be viewed here.
The original inspiration for this play comes from Cornelius Aloysius “Connie” Lynch, and Madeline Hill Lynch, proprietors of Lynch’s Marina, located just downstream from this park.
Madeline was a sturdy, clear-headed woman, and a skilled nurse. Connie was a mason and professional trainer of firefighters. The C. A. Lynch Fire Company, just up the hill, bears his name. Connie was also a storyteller. His anecdotes, word plays and archival memories wove and spun through two centuries of Saugerties history.
A Bend in the Crick of Time, wove together scenes and stories from 19th century Saugerties.
The principal narrative followed wounded Civil War veteran William Wolburn as he returns home and tries to pull his shattered body and mind back together. Spurning his family’s farm, Wollburn instead takes up residence on the Creek at Fisherman’s Rest Social Club. Guitar in hand, he becomes something of a local Orpheus — transfixing all who hear his laments.
One night, attempting an impossible feat, he falls into the Creek and is swept towards the river, only to be rescued by the sisters and Lighthouse Keepers, Kate and Ellen Crowley. The rest, as they say, is history.
The Esopus Creek Puppet Suite is part of Arm-of-the-Sea’s Stories From Here project which seeks to creatively involve area residents in local history and culture. This summer we hosted free public workshops at Fiber Flame Art Studio and the Boys & Girls Club where participants help produce several of the masks featured in this show. Fifth graders at Cahill School in Saugerties helped create the millworkers and Steamboat Ida through our Artist-in-Residence Program last fall. And young people at Dutchess Arts Camp in Red Hook also contributed to the creation of visual elements featured in this show.
The 2013 Puppet Suite is made possible with support from Klock Kingston Foundation, Sawyer Savings Bank, Ulster Savings Bank, And by public funds from the New York Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.