The Broken Statue Press Release 2015

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2012

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.

The performances will be July 20, 21,22, 27,29, 29 and Aug. 3-5, Playhouse supporter Hugh Pickens said.

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 8 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.

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.

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.

2013

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.

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