"...What really makes the well-designed production sing is the performances — honest, focused, and by no means overdoing or ridiculing these resilient, self-reliant folks." said theater critic, Pat Launer.
Croyn and Cooper’s production is a well-told story of an estranged family struggling to regain a sense of togetherness through the exploration of their past. Annie and husband Hector cling to their simpler, rural life in the Appalachians of Georgia, while their two children, Holly and Dillard, leave home and the harshness of farming life. Years after leaving, the children return only to discover their loss of identity through the disconnection from their family and its traditions. The use of flashbacks creates a relatable and funny story of a family's journey of rediscovery through an exploration of their past.
The Appalachian lore woven into the play comes from the famous Foxfire books, the outgrowth of a north Georgia high school project in the ‘60s that helped keep Appalachia culture and tradition alive through oral history. The use of Appalachian lore and culture in Foxfire significantly explores the importance of one’s identity through the examination of one’s heritage.
To compliment the play, The Brooks Gallery will feature Heritage, an art exhibit that plays off of the Foxfire stage production theme. Sargent Art Group’s Heritage displays art to explore, enrich, and excite OTC’s production. The exhibit is focused on preserving and celebrating one’s cultural heritage through various artists’ works highlighting the theme of OTC’s production of Foxfire.
The Brooks Theater Gallery offers a unique collaboration of visual art for the playgoer and live theater performance for the art lover. The exhibition opens October 4 during Oceaside’s First Friday Art Walk from 5pm - 9pm, and is open the days of performance.
- October 11-27
- Fridays, Saturdays
- @ 7:30pm Sundays
- @ 2pm
- The Brooks Theater
- 217 N. Coast Hwy Oceanside, CA 92054
About Oceanside Theatre Company:
Oceanside Theatre Company is the professional production company in residence at the historic Sunshine Brooks Theater in downtown Oceanside, California. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, OTC’s vision is to be a beacon for arts education, culture, and the performing arts in North San Diego County. OTC produces a four-show mainstage theatre season in the 198-seat venue, as well as a music series featuring jazz, classical, blues, country, and American roots music, and ongoing play readings in the adjacent black box theater, Studio 219. As part of a Youth Outreach program OTC runs a four-week Youth Academy during the summer and brings theatre to Oceanside middle schools during the school year. To learn more visit www.oceansidetheatre.org.
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