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Playwright Makes A “Keeper…” Out Of Collaboration

Composer Chris Wolf and I were casual collaborators with lots of "Yeses," "Nos" and even a few "Whatevers," Maria Edwards

mother and son argue over a pill bottle

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Marcy Taylor as Katherine Dillman and Seavor Roach as Wendel Dillman argue over just how to speed up an inheritance.

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Keeper of the House

comedy with music by Maria Edwards


Little Theatre of Bedford

September 21-23 and 27-29, 2012

812 279 3009

The premiere production of Maria Edwards Keeper of the House opens at the Little Theatre of Bedford.

Katherine is a mother who believes that she’s entitled to an inheritance from her uncle and the inheritance isn’t coming quickly enough. So she sends her son to live with the uncle to try to speed things along a bit. A problem is that her uncle only boards college girls. So her son Wendel has to become Wendy at least for a couple of weeks.

Playwright and Bedford school teacher Maria Edwards calls Keeper of the House “a melodrama, a play with music, and a  serio comedy.” The production is a testament to  her creativity and willingness to collaborate.

As the producing director Edwards sought out the help of long time friend and Bedford Little Theatre veteran David Morthland. Although he’s listed as co-director Morthland is quick to say that “She’s definitely the director. I’m just trying to help her out by opening doors, keeping people off her back and helping to assemble a crew. I was very happy to do this.”

Keeper of the House is in fact a musical and Edwards is modest about her musical skills. Again she sought help.  “I’ve written the words to the songs. I don’t write music, so I needed to find a collaborator. I was asking literally everybody that I knew. Finally, I got a tip from a friend of my sister in law.”

George Walker

After completing an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University, George Walker began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists and reviews plays and operas.

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