The Broken Statue Press Release 2015

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Ponca Playhouse announces that tickets are now on sale for an exclusive run of eight performances 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.  
The Ponca Playhouse plans an exclusive run of nine 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.
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The performances will be July 20, 21,22, 27,29, 29 and Aug. 3-5, Playhouse supporter Hugh Pickens said.
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This is the third time that Ponca Playhouse has presented the play. Ponca Playhouse previously produced the play in 2012 and 2013 to sold-out audiences.  "We are presenting the play for a third time in Ponca City due to public demand," says Hugh Pickens, co-producer of the play along with his wife, Dr. S. J. Pickens.
  
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.
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Only 960 seats are available for the 2015 presentation. Tickets are available by calling The Ponca Playhouse.
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The performances will be July 23, 24, 26, 26, 30, 31 and Aug. 1 and 2.
  
 
“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.
 
“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.”
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“It is heartwarming, insightful and clever,” said Jayen Detton, Assistant Director of the Marland Estate and Marland Grand Home. “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.
 
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.
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Perry 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.
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The play adaptation of the book was first produced at the Jewel Box Theatre in Oklahoma City in 2011. Several Ponca City residents traveled to see the production, and a group formed to produce the play at the Ponca Playhouse in 2012 and 2013. The play has also been produced by "Town and Gown" in Stillwater and by the "Boomtown Theatre" in Drumright.
  
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 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
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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.
  
A limited number of sponsorships are available this production. Individuals or businesses may sponsor the play for $500 and will be recognized in the program for the play and will attend a special reception for sponsors.
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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.
  
For more information, contact one of the following members of the steering committee: Marlene Foxworthy at 580-765-5360, Rusyln Hermanson at 580-716-8448 or at 580-718-0288 or Hugh Pickens at 580-716-7722.
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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 adding that the new production will feature new staging, new historical photos of Ponca City, and new actors in the lead roles of Lydie Marland, Walt Johnson, Charlie McDonogh, and "the Dingleberries." "If you are interested in the history and heritage of Ponca City and the birth of the oil industry in Nort-Central Oklahoma, you must see this play."
  
Current signature sponsorships, those giving $2,000, include Hugh Pickens and Dr. Pickens, ConocoPhillips, the Ponca City Reenactors and Fred Boettcher Law Group. Other initial contributions have been made by Charles and Virginia Starks, $1,000, and Eastman National Bank, $250.
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Playwright Bob Perry's attraction to the Marland story began in 1999 when he came to Ponca City and stayed a week at the Marland Mansion during a conference. Perry took the mansion tour and when he 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." Perry tried to start the story several times, but didn't get serious about writing the first manuscript until 2006.
  
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"At first, I thought E.W. Marland must have been a scoundrel to marry his adopted daughter," says Perry. "I was more intrigued by Lydie's story than E.W.'s at first. Through the process I have become a great admirer of E.W. Marland. He served as governor during one of the state's most trying times and I think did a good job. E.W. Marland had many opportunities to take his fortune and leave, but I believe he truly loved Oklahoma."
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.
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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.
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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.
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The play also includes the tragic story of his adopted daughter and later wife, Lydie Marland.
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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.
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“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.
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“It’s heartwarming, insightful, and clever,” said Jayne Detten, President of Ponca City Main Street.
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Perry began by writing a novel based on the Marlands' story and it took him less than a year to complete the novel once he got started. Then Perry started working on the play just to see if he could do it. "At first I took the dialogue from the novel and added a few things to get a first draft. The original script did not take long to write, but it was three acts and would have been about a 4 hour play. With a lot of help and guidance, I've done several rewrites to condense the story into a workable script."
  
“Most of all, it is a delight to the senses and a respectful tribute to the Marland Family.
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"I think we've been able to tell the Marland story in an entertaining and concise way," says Perry. "In the novel, I was able to tell the story with imagery and words. On stage, it has forced me to tell the story with dialogue and rely on the actor's performances to get the audience to experience the story."
  
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.
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"The monuments left by E.W. Marland are everywhere in the state he helped form. The image of Lydie's statue was carved when she was the princess of the Marland Empire. The restored statue graces the entrance to the Marland Mansion to greet visitors that still come to marvel at the remarkable house and story. Lydie Marland always saw E.W. Marland as an exceptional man-we can only hope Lydie understood how special she was. I hope the play version of "'he Broken Statue' will motivate others to explore and get to know this extraordinary Oklahoma family."

Latest revision as of 14:48, 6 July 2015

Ponca Playhouse announces that tickets are now on sale for an exclusive run of eight performances 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 third time that Ponca Playhouse has presented the play. Ponca Playhouse previously produced the play in 2012 and 2013 to sold-out audiences. "We are presenting the play for a third time in Ponca City due to public demand," says Hugh Pickens, co-producer of the play along with his wife, Dr. S. J. Pickens.

Only 960 seats are available for the 2015 presentation. Tickets are available by calling The Ponca Playhouse.

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

“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 Jayen Detton, Assistant Director of the Marland Estate and Marland Grand Home. “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.

Perry 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 in 2011. Several Ponca City residents traveled to see the production, and a group formed to produce the play at the Ponca Playhouse in 2012 and 2013. The play has also been produced by "Town and Gown" in Stillwater and by the "Boomtown Theatre" in Drumright.

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 adding that the new production will feature new staging, new historical photos of Ponca City, and new actors in the lead roles of Lydie Marland, Walt Johnson, Charlie McDonogh, and "the Dingleberries." "If you are interested in the history and heritage of Ponca City and the birth of the oil industry in Nort-Central Oklahoma, you must see this play."

Playwright Bob Perry's attraction to the Marland story began in 1999 when he came to Ponca City and stayed a week at the Marland Mansion during a conference. Perry took the mansion tour and when he 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." Perry tried to start the story several times, but didn't get serious about writing the first manuscript until 2006.

"At first, I thought E.W. Marland must have been a scoundrel to marry his adopted daughter," says Perry. "I was more intrigued by Lydie's story than E.W.'s at first. Through the process I have become a great admirer of E.W. Marland. He served as governor during one of the state's most trying times and I think did a good job. E.W. Marland had many opportunities to take his fortune and leave, but I believe he truly loved Oklahoma."

Perry began by writing a novel based on the Marlands' story and it took him less than a year to complete the novel once he got started. Then Perry started working on the play just to see if he could do it. "At first I took the dialogue from the novel and added a few things to get a first draft. The original script did not take long to write, but it was three acts and would have been about a 4 hour play. With a lot of help and guidance, I've done several rewrites to condense the story into a workable script."

"I think we've been able to tell the Marland story in an entertaining and concise way," says Perry. "In the novel, I was able to tell the story with imagery and words. On stage, it has forced me to tell the story with dialogue and rely on the actor's performances to get the audience to experience the story."

"The monuments left by E.W. Marland are everywhere in the state he helped form. The image of Lydie's statue was carved when she was the princess of the Marland Empire. The restored statue graces the entrance to the Marland Mansion to greet visitors that still come to marvel at the remarkable house and story. Lydie Marland always saw E.W. Marland as an exceptional man-we can only hope Lydie understood how special she was. I hope the play version of "'he Broken Statue' will motivate others to explore and get to know this extraordinary Oklahoma family."

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