January, 5 2018 - January 6, 2018 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
302 E. Pershing St. Springfield, MO 65806
MISSOURI SOLO PLAY FESTIVAL: Four Great Women Come to the Stage in Repertory
WALKING TOWARD AMERICA
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.