Barbara Bates Smith Play to Be Performed at Jackson County Public Library
The new one-woman Christmas play, adapted and performed by Barbara Bates Smith, is hosted by the Jackson County Public Library. A Southeastern Theatre “Best Actress” award winner, Bates Smith will perform “Deck the Halls with Southern Writers” on Tuesday, Novemeber 29th at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room.
The play is based on the works of southern writers including Kay Byer, Lee Smith, Allan Gurganus, and others. Musical accompaniment is by Jeff Sebens on hammered dulcimer. Excerpts will include “Christmas on Sugar Fork” from Lee Smith’s novel Fair and Tender Ladies, “The Christmas Spectacle” from Allan Gurganus’s Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells it All, and some of Truman Capote’s “Christmas Memories.” These stories are woven into Bates Smith’s own comical, often frustrating, search for the 'true spirit of Christmas,' with the play closing with a Kay Byer poem: a pregnant mountain woman reflects on the Mary story from the Bible.
Bates Smith, who lives in Haywood County, is noted for her adaptation and Off-Broadway performance of “Ivy Rowe” from Lee Smith’s Fair and Tender Ladies, a show in its twenty-first year of touring. She also recently played featured roles in regional productions of “Wit,” “Hamlet,” and “Doubt.”
Visit www.barbarabatessmith.comfor more information about the actress. The Friends of the Jackson County Public Library are sponsoring this free performance. For more information, please contact the Library at 586-2016.