Director: Elizabeth Dewey
Assistant Director: Carrie Butler
Music Director: Robin Devereaux Nelson
Producer: Mike Wisniewski
Rehearsals begin Monday, September 27
Performance dates are November 5-7 & 12-14, 2021
Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 3:00 PM
NOTE FROM DIRECTORS
Ten November was written by Steven Dietz and music and lyrics are by Eric Peltoniemi. The 729-foot ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald disappeared in a gale on Lake Superior shortly after 7:10 pm on November 10, 1975, becoming an enduring memory for Michigan and all the Great Lakes territory. We all know some of the story, even if only from the Gordon Lightfoot song: the cargo, the theories about the wreck, the bell tolling for the twenty-nine crew members who died.
Without being a documentary, Steven Dietz’s Ten November offers actors and audiences a chance to explore several facets of this story. Dietz explains that he made no attempt to literally portray the crews or other real people, or to assign blame. The focus is on the people involved and on the Great Lakes themselves, on our relationship and reaction to the loss of the Fitz, and to all loss.
The nine actors all play multiple roles (ages 20s-60s), including crew members of the Fitz and the Anderson, investigators, and witnesses at the hearings about the sinking, family members of the lost crew, and tellers of Great Lakes tales. There are ensemble scenes, soliloquies, even mime. There are sorrow and darkness and funny stories.
We are looking for actors to explore both the facts and the emotions of the script, to be the ordinary working men who were swept up in the tragedy, and to leave not a dry eye in the house.
NOTE: The music is performed by a separate group of singers and musicians. The actors do not sing.
We are excited to present this show and look forward to you joining us!
Elizabeth and Carrie
WHEN AND WHERE?
SUNDAY, September 19 or MONDAY, September 20: 6:30 – 9:30PM
Bay City Players – 1214 Columbus Ave, Bay City, MI 48708
What to Prepare? Tell us briefly (1-2 minutes) what you may know and how you learned about the Edmund Fitzgerald: the Lightfoot song? Newspaper stories? Maybe you remember that night?