Thursday, February 22, 2018

Bryan Willis's Sophie at Olympia Family Theater

Bryan Willis’s one-act, Sophie, will be performed one show only this Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. at Olympia Family Theater.

Willis is the founder of Northwest Playwright’s Alliance and is the author of more than 30 plays including Bicycle Noir - A Love Story On Wheels, the incredibly popular The Incredible Undersea Trial of Joseph P. Lawnboy and the intense psychological drama 7 Ways to Get There.

Sophie is described as in a press release as “an uplifting play based on Sophie Large’s extraordinary writings, many of which are published widely in the acclaimed book Sophie’s Log.  From her earliest childhood, Sophie used to write about things and events and people that interested her, and as she became older she often wrote as well about her own thoughts and feelings. This one-act show takes place at an outdoor railway station, where a young Sophie (age 13) talks with her older self (age 19).

“At age 19, the talented Sophie was due to direct and produce a play at the Edinburgh Fringe (Scotland) but died before this ambition could be realized. In the ensuing weeks her family decided to found a charity in Sophie’s name to give financial support to needy students of acting and of singing – ‘Sophie’s Silver Lining Fund’. The charity published a book of Sophie’s own writings entitled ‘Sophie’s Log – thoughts and feelings in poetry and prose’. A few years later the trustees commissioned a playwright to write a short play based on Sophie’s Log.”

Sophie is directed by Charlotte Tiencken & Stephen Floyd. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Sunday, February 25 at 2:00 PM 
·  Olympia Family Theater
612 4th Ave E, Olympia, Washington 98501

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