This weekend, a play written by two ISU alums, Don Shandrow and Phil Shaw, will take the stage at the Illinois State Westhoff Theatre.
Directed by Connie de Veer and Michael Vetere, “Send the Light” takes place in 1936 America.
The play focuses on the Rural Electrification Administration (REA), the debate of electricity in rural states and the impact it had on farm communities.
At the time, a number of people were strongly opposed to the idea of distributing electric power to communities that were not yet lit up.
According to de Veer, Shandrow and Shaw spent years interviewing people who dealt with the REA or knew people who lived through this controversial time.
The writers shaped the stories they heard into one plot and created “Send the Light.”
The overall production has been a collaborative effort to include the audience and create an unforgettable experience.
De Veer and Vetere are working with Shandrow and Shaw, as well as talented actors, set designers and musicians.
“Send the Light” is a story that not many people are familiar with, but would be surprised to hear how significantly life-changing it actually was.
“It’s an important piece because of the way in which we’re involving a lot of the community members. It’s good to make theater accessible to people who wouldn’t normally be coming,” de Veer said.
The audience will find “Send the Light” to be truly inspiring, entertaining and thought provoking.
“I hope that the audience obviously learns something about history, but for me, it’s more than that. It’s about community and the importance of coming together to create change,” de Veer said.
“Send the Light” will begin Thursday and run through Oct. 26 at the Westhoff Theatre in Centennial West.
Tickets are on sale at $10 for students/seniors and $12 for adults.
Don’t miss out on a chance to experience an important piece of history.