New 1-woman show 'Sonnets from an Ungrafted Tree' to premiere during
First Night Springfield
production starring Aasne Vigesaa to be presented at Vachel Lindsay
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[November 28, 2012]
SPRINGFIELD -- Free performances
of a compelling original play, "Sonnets from an Ungrafted Tree,"
will be presented at the Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site
during First Night Springfield on Dec. 31.
Aasne Vigesaa, whom Springfield audiences may remember from Over the
Moon Productions' "The Yellow Wallpaper," stars in a new production
directed by Kevin Purcell. The play is based on a collection of
sonnets by Edna St. Vincent Millay, a Pulitzer Prize-winning
American poet who lived in the early 20th century. Her book,
"Sonnets from an Ungrafted Tree," makes up the text of the piece
Vigesaa and Purcell have adapted especially for presentation at the
Vachel Lindsay Home.
Millay's "Sonnets from an Ungrafted Tree"
beckons the reader to consider marriage, gender and identity within
the context of a household that is crumbling under the weight of a
failed marriage and the patriarch's death. The woman returns to the
house and husband as a kind of familiar stranger, and the fact that
she returns "loving him not at all," highlights a seemingly
irreconcilable distance between them. As much as the poem is about
this wound in their relationship, it is also about the woman's
confinement in "his house" and her hopes of constructing a new
identity after his death. The performance is not suitable for small
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Since seating is limited at the Vachel Lindsay Home for the Dec.
31 performances, at 5:30 and 7 p.m., reservations must be made by
calling 217-524-0901. Reservations will also be accepted on voice
mail, and guests will receive a confirmation call if seating is
Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site, 603 S. Fifth
St., Springfield, is the birthplace and longtime residence of poet,
author and artist Nicholas Vachel Lindsay, 1879-1931. It is open
Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for free public
tours and is administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation
[Text from file received from the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]