“The last time [we presented this play] my mom was ill and subsequently passed away, and she passed a few weeks before we opened the play,” “Foxfire” Director Leslie McCrary said, referring to the March production. “So during that time I didn’t feel I was giving my full attention to the play [but] the actors were so good that they did a good job. And I wanted to have a chance to do it again sort of in mom’s memory and to see that they had a chance to really show what they could do in this play.
“... [This story] comes from the ‘Foxfire’ collection of books that they started in Rabun County in north Georgia. It was a group of high school kids that collected stories about their ancestors, their grandparents, the people that first settled north Georgia. Hume Cronyn and Susan Cooper wrote the play and Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy were in it on Broadway. It’s not specific people in north Georgia but it features a lot of the old time ways that the kids discovered when they were talking to their grandparents.”
To be held at The Grand Theatre in Cartersville, “Foxfire” will be performed Jan. 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. The cast will include Teresa Harris as Annie Nations, Ron Connell as Hector Nations, Will Brooks as Dillard Nations, Kara Duke as Holly Burrell, John Walker as Prince Carpenter and Bob Wright as Doc.
“[Annie Nations is] a woman who believes in family,” Harris said. “But [she] has to decide if family is the physical home or family is where the people you love are because she has to deal with the home place where her husband has passed away — and is now buried in the graveyard there — or going to live with her son who lives in the big city and has no interest in the home place.
“She was always raised that home was the physical earth and she’s having to deal with the fact that maybe there’s more to home than just the land itself. There’s something else, there’s something that’s maybe not so tangible that makes home.”
With the play requiring Harris to portray a character ranging in age from a teenager to older than 70, she draws on an array of expressions and movements to bring Annie Nations to life.
“This is one of those shows that as I get older [I relate to more],” Harris said. “My kids both live in Florida so I ... [see] them maybe every six months to a year. And having to deal with that I understand her emotions — do I stay where my house is or do I go to where they live and move there? It [certainly] resonates with me somewhat.
“Also, it’s just well-written. ... It’s just a simple story about a woman and her emotions and her family. That’s pretty much it. It will make you laugh. It will make you cry. It will make you think. It’s one of those where you’ll walk away going, ‘I know that person.’ So it’s just a lovely, lovely story.”
Tickets for “Foxfire” cost $15 for general admission. For more information, visit www.stageworkstheatreco.com. To obtain tickets in advance, call The Grand Theatre at 770-386-7343 or visit its ticket office, 7 N. Wall St. in Cartersville, Monday through Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 5 p.m.