Pie Lady of Pie Town speaks at the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre
If you go
What: “Pie Lady of Pie Town,” “Green Acres,” “Bingo Night,” “What Cheer?,” “There is No God and We All Die Alone”
Where: Backstage Theatre, 121 Ridge St., Breckenridge
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, and Thursday, Dec. 11
Cost: $10 for adults or $8 for youth
More information: Tickets are available online at http://www.backstagetheatre.org, by phone at (970) 453-0199 and at the door
Pie Town, New Mexico, came upon its name in the 1920s, when the area was a cattle driveway and stopping point for people escaping severe Dust Bowl conditions. Travelers needed sustenance, so someone made pies. On a road trip in 1995, Kathy Knapp and her family drove through Pie Town and saw a sign posted on the door of a defunct trading post: “There used to be pie. There ain’t no more.” Knapp’s mother insisted Pie Town needed a pie shop, so they bought it.
The film “Pie Lady of Pie Town” chronicles the history of the area and Knapp and her mother’s place in its distinction. We become privy to her resolve, her heartache, the subsequent healing and how, for her, pie is a vehicle for love and peace. On Wednesday, Dec. 10, and Thursday, Dec. 11, Knapp will speak before screenings of the film at the Backstage Theatre in Breckenridge, sharing what it was like to be the subject of a documentary and answering questions from the audience.
After the Pie Lady, several other comedy shorts will be shown:
• “Bingo Night!” — When Ethel is threatened with eviction from her retirement community, her friends Vivian and Ruth become co-conspirators in the heist of the century. Their target: the local bingo hall.
• “Green Acres” — The owner of a gated plot of land will stop at nothing to protect his water supply. It’s going to take Lucy Tortoise to slip past his defenses. Can he do it? You bet.
Participate in The Longevity Project
The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.
• “What Cheer?” — After the sudden passing of his wife, Stan (Richard Kind) finds himself in a state of shock. He tries to ignore his pain but is followed by inescapable grief or, rather, followed by the inescapable What Cheer? Brigade, a 20-piece brass and percussion band drowning out his world with boisterous, ear-numbing song.
• “There is No God and We All Die Alone” — After the death of his father, Henry Fleetwood embarks on a whimsical journey to find the meaning of life and death.
The films start at 7 p.m. Concessions are available for all film screenings and include Peanut M&M’s, beer, wine and mixed drinks, which can be taken into the theater with you. For more information about the Film Fest Redux film series or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.backstagetheatre.org or call the box office at (970) 453-0199.
The Backstage Theatre’s annual holiday production “Dog Park: The Musical” is running weekends through Saturday, Jan. 3. Where can one find such doggone fun events like Speed Mating and Yappy Hour? At the dog park, of course! Join Champ, the show dog; Bogie, the territorial rebel without a collar; Itchy, the sad sack terrier with ADD; and Daisy, the lone Westie female, and watch the madness ensue.
Featuring songs inspired by hot jazz, torchy ballads and catchy doggie doo-wop, “Dog Park: The Musical” will leave you wanting to capture your inner canine and howl along with these irrepressible stage dogs. The holiday shows always sell out, so get your tickets early.
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