The Broken Statue Press Release 2015

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The play is being directed by Larry King and is an all new production with many new actors. "Even if you have seen the play before at Ponca Playhouse, you will want to see this new production," says Pickens.
 
The play is being directed by Larry King and is an all new production with many new actors. "Even if you have seen the play before at Ponca Playhouse, you will want to see this new production," says Pickens.
 
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The Ponca Playhouse announces its encore performance of “The Broken Statue” this month. Only 800 seats are available for the 2013 presentation tickets and are available by calling The Ponca Playhouse.
 
 
A limestone statue of a striking young woman is buried and lost for nearly 40 years — a broken statue representing shattered lives and shattered dreams. The story of the statue is one of love, greed, power and lost aspirations. The statue symbolizes what was and what could have been — a tale of a great oil empire betrayed, destroying the lives of the family who built it.
 
 
The Ponca Playhouse will present a second season of “The Broken Statue,” a play by Bob Perry based on the real-life story of oil baron E.W. Marland. Marland made and lost a fortune in the oilfields of northern Oklahoma.
 
 
The play also includes the tragic story of his adopted daughter and later wife, Lydie Marland.
 
 
This year’s exclusive run of eight shows that will be performed on July 18-21 and July 25-28. Performances on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays are at 8 p.m. and on Sundays at 2 p.m.
 
 
“Although partially fiction, ‘The Broken Statue’ helps provide the public with an insight that feeds their curiosity of the life and times of E.W., Virginia, George and Lydie Marland and their contemporaries. The play gives a glimpse of the extravagant glory days of the 1910s and 1920s as they existed in Oklahoma,” said David Keathly, executive director of the Marland Mansion.
 
 
“It’s heartwarming, insightful, and clever,” said Jayne Detten, President of Ponca City Main Street.
 
 
“Most of all, it is a delight to the senses and a respectful tribute to the Marland Family.”
 
 
Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at The Ponca Playhouse in person at the box office or over the phone at 580-765-5360 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.
 

Revision as of 18:14, 4 July 2015

The Ponca Playhouse announces that tickets are now on sale for an exclusive run of eight shows of “The Broken Statue,” a play by Bob Perry based on the real-life story of oil baron E.W. Marland and the tragic story of his adopted daughter and later wife, Lydie Marland. This is the thrid year that Ponca Playhouse has presented the play. Only 800 seats are available for the 2015 presentation and tickets are available by calling The Ponca Playhouse. The Playhouse previously presented the play in 2012 and 2014. "We are presenting the play for a thrid time in Ponca City due to public demand," said Hugh Pickens, co-producer of the play.

The performances will be July 23, 24, 26, 26, 30, 31 and Aug. 1 and 2.

A limestone statue of Lydie as a striking young woman was buried and lost for nearly 40 years — a broken statue representing shattered lives and shattered dreams.

“Although partially fiction, ‘The Broken Statue’ helps provide the public with an insight that feeds their curiosity of the life and times of E.W., Virginia, George and Lydie Marland and their contemporaries. The play gives a glimpse of the extravagant glory days of the 1910s and 1920s as they existed in Oklahoma,” said David Keathly, executive director of the Marland Mansion.

“It is heartwarming, insightful and clever,” said Jayne Detten, director of Ponca City Main Street. “Most of all, it is a delight to the senses and a respectful tribute to the Marland family.”

Playwright Bob Perry’s interest in the Marland story started in 1999 when he stayed a week at the Marland Mansion during a conference. He took a tour of the mansion and saw Lydie’s refurbished broken statue.

He called his wife and said “I know the title of the book I want to write — The Broken Statue.” He finally started writing the first manuscript in 2006.

The play adaptation of the book was first produced at the Jewel Box Theatre in Oklahoma City last year. Several Ponca City residents traveled to see the production, and in November a group formed to produce the production at the Ponca Playhouse.

Tickets for this limited run will be $20 and may be purchased at the Playhouse, 301 South First Street, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. Tickets can be ordered by phone at 580-765-5360. Evening performances on Fridays and Saturdays will be at 730 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Current signature sponsorships, those giving $2,000, include Hugh Pickens and Dr. Pickens, Deloris Pickens, Carl Renfro, Phillips 66, the Fred Boettcher Law Group and the Eastman National Bank for $1,000.

The play is being directed by Larry King and is an all new production with many new actors. "Even if you have seen the play before at Ponca Playhouse, you will want to see this new production," says Pickens.

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