Downtown Springfield Association
Missouri Solo Play Festival: Walking Toward America

Missouri Solo Play Festival: Walking Toward America

January, 7 2018 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

302 E. Pershing St. Springfield, MO 65806


MISSOURI SOLO PLAY FESTIVAL: Four Great Women Come to the Stage in Repertory

By Sandra Fenichel Asher
Adapted from the memoirs of Ilga Katais-Paeglis Vise
Directed by David Montgomery
Starring Annie Meek-Montgomery*

Ilga Vise, a longtime Springfield resident, is brought to the stage by another Springfield native, Annie Meek-Montgomery. At the center of her narrative is the winter of 1944–1945, when 10-year-old Ilga and her parents leave Latvia to escape the Russian occupation of their city. Soon they are taken into a German forced-labor camp and, eventually, walk 500 miles across frozen, war-torn northern Germany, survive strafing by Russian planes and find their way to a refugee camp in western Germany. Later sailing through an Atlantic storm to safety and freedom in America.
*Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association on a Special Appearance Contract.

JANUARY 7 & 14, 2016 at 2:00 PM