Thursday, October 27, 2011
"NANCE DUDE" COMING TO RICKMAN'S STORE, NOVEMBER 4TH AT 6:00
In case you don't know, the story of Nancy Curlee, the Haywood County grandmother who was imprisoned a century ago for sealing her granddaughter up in a cave on Utah mountain in Haywood County,this dark bit of history is a popular Appalachian tale. Based on a true event, the play/monologue allows Nance to speak for herself. "I'm going to tell it, now," she says. "I'm going to tell you what really happened."
For the past decade this story has been consistently popular with audiences in western North Carolina. Based on a book by Maurice Stanley, extensive research into actual events and personal accounts (I saw her as a child walking the roads near Wilmot with a load of kindling on her back), this dramatization has been performed hundreds of times in libraries and community theaters in this region. The actress, Elizabeth Westall has gained a following from devoted fans. In recent years, she has repeatedly said, "This is my final performance as Nance Dude." Each time, we have been able to lure her out again, but this performance could well be the last one.
SPONSORED BY CHEROKEE RUBY MINE AND FRIENDS OF RICKMAN'S STORE