LOUISVILLE — Looking for Lilith Theatre Company is celebrating Women’s History month with a theatrical adaptation of “Beyond the Blue Mountains.” It is based on Kentucky writer Jane Wilson Joyce’s book of poetry by the same name. Joyce is the Charles J. Luellen Professor of Classics at Centre College.
Danville native Dawn Schulz Campbell performs in the production. Schulz plays the part of the youngest daughter, Nancy.
“Beyond the Blue Mountains” is about a family from Boyle County setting out for the Oregon Trail in 1851. Gabe Clay has Oregon fever; 13-year old Nancy is filled with impatience; teen Abby anticipates how her life will change with Gus Whittier part of the wagon train; and mother Sarah has a sense of foreboding at the journey’s upheaval.
“It is a beautiful piece that includes lots of Lilith-devised movement and soundscaping,” said Campbell.
Director Kathi E. B. Ellis said she’s known about Joyce’s book of poetry for many years, after teaching a semester more than a decade ago at Centre.