Pictures from Willapa Players
"Continental Divide" by Oliver Hailey
Fall Production (November 2008)
Directed by Scott Cowell, Assistant Director Curt Harris

Scott Cowell Director: This is Scott's directorial debut with the Willapa Players.  He has been active both onstage and backstage with us for the past couple of years and we look forward to seeing his director-skills at work.

Curt Harris Assistant Director: Curt got involved with the Willapa Players last year in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" and Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" after 25 years of theatre in Longview, WA and Astoria OR. 

Mike Williams as Mr. John - a 'country gentleman' from the Arkansas hills, who is in the garbage business and is a confessed murderer.

Heidi StoneBraker as Mae, Mr. John's wife.  She is dazzled by their son's new in-laws - 'money people'  they are meeting for the first time in New York.

John Limitone as Cullum; wealthy and urbane, who tries to be civil to the surly Mr. John while living as virtual prisoners in their lavish New York apartment.

Dotsi Graves as Lucille, mother of the bride, nervously awaiting the visit of their new 'in-laws'.

Willapa Harbor Herald photo

The Willapa Players start their new season with the rollicking comedy "Continental Divide" by Oliver Hailey, opening Saturday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m., at the Hannan Playhouse on Eighth Street.  Mr. John and Mae, who hail from Arkansas and qualify as simple folk, are visiting in the lavish Fifth Avenue apartment of their new in-laws, Lucille and Cullum, wealthy New Yorkers.  In a rehearsal photo, Mae (played by Heidi Stonebraker, standing left), continues her unwavering cleaning by washing windows while Lucille (played by Dotsi Graves, standing right) tries to calm down Mr. John (played by Mike Williams, seated), who has violent tendencies, by massaging his temples.  The play is directed by Scott Cowell, with Curt Harris as Assistant Director.  Tickets are $8 and are available at South Bend Pharmacy, Everyone's Video & More in Raymond, or at the door one-half hour before performance. 

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Mike Williams, left, portrays Mr. John, and Heidi Stonebraker, right, plays Mae, while Dotsi Graves portrays Lucille in a scene from "Continental Divide," the season-opening play by The Willapa Players, which opens at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Hannan Playhouse on Eighth Street in Raymond.  The comedy is directed by Scott Cowell.  Tickets are $8 and are available at South Bend Pharmacy, Everyone's Video & More in Raymond, or at the door one-half hour before each performance.

Willapa Harbor Herald photo

In a tense scene from the Willapa Players' production "Continental Divide," Mr. John (played by Mike Williams, right), who is upset and has taken to drinking again, threatens his hosts, Lucille (played by Dotsi Graves, left) and Cullum (played by John Limitone, in the rear) and his wife Mae (played by Heidi Stonebraker, right) with a gun.   

"Continental Divide" opens this Sat. (Willapa Harbor Herald - Oct. 29, 2008):

Be sure to mark your calendar so you won't miss the hilarious comedy "Continental Divide" by Oliver Hailey.  This great play opens on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Hannan Playhouse on Eighth Street in Raymond with a matinee following on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m.  Although the title reminds many people of the movie featuring John Belushi, forget about it!  This rollicking comedy is about the great divide between people - between the rich and the poor, businessmen and the working class, the rural and the urban, the sophisticated and the naive.  Director Scott Cowell and Assistant Director Curt Harris have taken great pains to recreate on stage the appearance and feeling of the 1970's, a period marked by great social unrest.  Mr. John, played by Mike Williams, and his wife Mae, played by Heidi Stonebraker, are simple folks from the hills of Arkansas.  Cullum, played by John Limitone, and his wife Lucille, played by Dotsi Graves, are wealthy New Yorkers, living in a lavish Fifth Avenue apartment.  Their children are about to be married, so Mr. John and Mae come to New York to meet the in-laws.  The complications multiply uproariously, as the urbane Cullum struggles to be civil to the surly Mr. John, while his wife tries to persuade Mae that she need not repay their hospitality by cleaning house furiously and doling out copious samples of her homemade pickled pigs feet.

Three additional performances are scheduled for the next weekend - at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, the 7th and 8th, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9.  The final performances will be on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14 and 15, at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $8, and are available at South Bend Pharmacy, Everyone's Video & More, and at the door, one-half hour before curtain on days of performances.