Bandon Burns! A readers theater production
Name: Bandon Burns! A readers theater production
Date: September 22, 2017 - October 1, 2017
The voices of survivors of the 1936 fire that destroyed Bandon will be heard again in The Gaels Readers Theater production, Bandon Burns! Partnering with the Bandon Historical Society, The Gaels have created a dramatic staged reading using the actual narratives documented in the Historical Society’s 2012 book, Bandon Burns! Survivor Accounts of the Bandon Fire of 1936. “The first-person accounts are a perfect match for readers theater,” said Neal Davis, a local playwright and Gaels member. “By weaving the accounts together, we’ll take the audience through that horrific night from the perspectives of victims and rescuers. Citizens become heroes as simple tasks become life-threatening efforts. One can’t help but wonder how we’d do in similar circumstances.” Photographs from the Museum’s archives will complement the production. “We’re so lucky to have this resource,” said Davis. “The stark truth of the devastation is overwhelming, especially when paired with the personal details of the survivors. That Bandon recovered at all is a testament to the spirit of our town.” The five performances will be at the Bandon Public Library’s Sprague Room over two weekends: Friday and Saturday 9/22, 9/23, 9/29, 9/30, at 7pm, and a matinee on Sunday, 10/1, at 2pm. Admission is $5. The Museum will hold its annual fire commemoration on Sunday, 9/24, at the Bandon Historical Museum. Admission is free for that event. Call 541-290-8343 for reservations or information.