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.

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.

Only 800 seats are available for the 2015 presentation and tickets are available by calling The Ponca Playhouse. "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.

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,” 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 in the early 1900s, and new actors in the lead roles of Lydie Marland, Walt Johnson, and Charlie McDonogh. "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."

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