Orig­i­nal solo show about Get­tys­burg to pre­miere at Ice House

The Morning Call - - THEATER - By Kathy Lauer-Wil­liams

A new play about the unique ex­pe­ri­ence of liv­ing in Get­tys­burg, the site that marked the turn­ing point in the Civil War, will have its world pre­miere at the Charles Brown Ice House in Beth­le­hem Fri­day and Satur­day, as part of the Ice House Tonight se­ries.

“Ad­dress­ing Get­tys­burg, or Swim­ming To the High Wa­ter Mark” is pre­sented by Selkie The­atre and is a fas­ci­nat­ing new solo piece writ­ten and per­formed by “self-pro­claimed his­tory nerd” Richard Saut­ter, who re­flects on the ex­pe­ri­ence of mov­ing to, and liv­ing in, Amer­ica’s most sa­cred ground.

Get­tys­burg is where the Union had the vic­tory that ended Gen­eral Robert E. Lee’s sec­ond and most am­bi­tious in­va­sion of the North. Known as the “High Wa­ter Mark of the Re­bel­lion,” Get­tys­burg was the Civil War’s blood­i­est bat­tle and was also the in­spi­ra­tion for Pres­i­dent Abra­ham Lin­coln’s im­mor­tal “Get­tys­burg Ad­dress.”

Saut­ter moved to Get­tys­burg with his fam­ily 14 years ago, and since then, he has been col­lect­ing ob­ser­va­tions about what it means to live and work in such a mean­ing­ful place. He dis­cov­ered spend­ing a lot of time in Get­tys­burg meant meet­ing many dif­fer­ent peo­ple, there for many dif­fer­ent rea­sons, from pas­sion­ate his­to­ri­ans to ghost hunters, from Civil War re-en­ac­tors to ap­a­thetic school­child­ren.

He also ex­plores why some places gain such deeply spe­cial mean­ing for us, and how our his­tory af­fects us today, as he at­tempts to tie all of th­ese ex­pe­ri­ences into one show that com­bines both laugh­ter and deep re­flec­tion.

Saut­ter has been in­volved with theater for 25 years, mainly as a per­former, but which also fea­tured turns as a di­rec­tor, play­wright, and de­signer.

Do­ing a show at the Ice House is a home­com­ing for Saut­ter, who worked as an ac­tor for 15 years in the Le­high Val­ley be­fore mov­ing to the Get­tys­burg area in 2005. It also marks a re­union with Selkie di­rec­tors Ge­orge Miller and Kate Scuf­fle, with whom Saut­ter worked with at the orig­i­nal The­atre Out­let, where he per­formed in “Danc­ing At Lugh­nasa,” “The Bal­ti­more Waltz,” “Ib­sen’s Ghosts” and oth­ers. Saut­ter also has per­formed at Touch­stone, and the Muh­len­berg Sum­mer

Mu­sic The­atre.

His fa­vorite roles in­clude Glouces­ter in “King Lear,” the Laredo Kid in “The Ma­jes­tic Kid,” and Mar­cus Ly­cus in “A Funny Hap­pened on the Way to the Fo­rum.” He is on the theater fac­ulty at both Get­tys­burg and York col­leges. He has also taught at Mes­siah Col­lege, McDaniel Col­lege, and at Penn State Le­high Val­ley. For four years, Richard served as a Com­mon­wealth Speaker for the Penn­syl­va­nia Hu­man­i­ties Coun­cil, de­liv­er­ing pre­sen­ta­tions on the Amer­i­can theater dur­ing the Civil War.

Saut­ter per­formed his solo piece “12 Steps,” a show about the ad­dic­tive qual­ity of act­ing in theater, for Selkie The­atre at the Ice House two years ago. “Ad­dress­ing Get­tys­burg, or Swim­ming To the High Wa­ter Mark” is his fourth solo show.

A Meet The Artist re­cep­tion will fol­low both per­for­mances.

“Ad­dress­ing Get­tys­burg, or Swim­ming To the High

Wa­ter Mark,” 8 p.m. Sept. 13-14, Charles Brown Ice House, 56 River St,, Beth­le­hem. Tick­ets: $15 cash only. Re­serve blue­[email protected] or 484-241-9591 and pick up at the door.

Momix’s 35th an­niver­sary show comes to Zoell­ner

“Viva Momix” a com­pi­la­tion of com­pany fa­vorites taken from six shows plus four new pieces, brings the in­ter­na­tion­ally known dance com­pany to Le­high Univer­sity’s Zoell­ner Arts Cen­ter Satur­day.

The show was cre­ated for Momix’s 35th An­niver­sary sea­son in 2015 in cel­e­bra­tion of June 10, 1980, when Moses Pendle­ton per­formed the first Momix show at Teatro Nazionale, in Mi­lan, Italy.

Known in­ter­na­tion­ally for pre­sent­ing works of ex­cep­tional in­ven­tive­ness and phys­i­cal beauty, Momix is a com­pany of dancer-il­lu­sion­ists un­der the di­rec­tion of Pendle­ton.

The beau­ti­ful, ath­letic

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO/SELKIE THE­ATRE

Richard Saut­ter, shown with a statue of Lin­coln in Get­tys­burg, wrote “Ad­dress­ing Get­tys­burg, or Swim­ming to the High Wa­ter Mark.”

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