Vermonters Diana Bigelow and Jim Stapleton are back on the island and will present a staged reading of “My Dearest Friend,” at 7 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 22) in the Ocracoke Library. This will be their third performance on the island.
This original piece by Stapleton is based on the letters of Abigail and John Adams.
Adams, the second president, and his wife Abigail spent much of their married life apart. John was often away on government business. The letters between them, most of which have been preserved, are a testament to their affection, insights, and originality, as well as a window into some surprising views of Abigail during the early years of the nation.
This year’s presentation will be somewhat different from prior years’ in that this will be the premier performance. In theatrical parlance it is also a “workshop” performance. This means the author hopes the audience will share what worked for them, and what didn’t, in a post-performance discussion with an eye toward fine tuning the script.
The program is free to the public and will last about an hour. The presentation would probably not be interesting to children under 12.