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Enjoy ‘Fifth of July’ at the Bainbridge library | Kitsap Week

BAINBRIDGE — Island Theatre at the Library presents “Fifth of July” by Lanford Wilson, April 21 and 22, 7:30 p.m., at the Bainbridge Public Library.

The play is directed by Sara Anne Scribner and stars Fred Saas, Fred Nicholson, Cindy Johnson, Emma Saas, David R. McGee, Karla Cole, Chris Kolbegger, and Diane Walker.

Admission free. Donations welcome.

Set on the evening of Independence Day and the morning after, “Fifth of July” explores the aftermath of the exuberant and optimistic days of the 1960s in the lives of four college friends, now older and somewhat wiser.

“Fifth of July” is the chronological ending to the Talley family story, also found in “Talley and Son” and “Talley’s Folly,” for which Wilson won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1980.

“ ‘Fifth of July’ is Wilson’s own testament of hope about the possibility of a future for American culture,” Jeff Lunden of NPR wrote. “[The play is] a composite portrait of a new ‘lost’ generation of post-Viet Nam, post-drug culture American children still struggling to find their way.”

 

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