B. Smith celebrates Lee Smith: Ivy, Alice and Evalina

Sep 03, 2014

A performance of “B. Smith Celebrates Lee Smith: Ivy, Alice, & Evalina” will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 at the Waynesville Library Auditorium.


Barbara Bates Smith, noted for her Off-Broadway performance and 25 years' touring of “Ivy Rowe” from Lee Smith’s "Fair and Tender Ladies," stars in this sampler. Musical accompaniment is provided by Jeff Sebens.


Highlighted are three characters from the works of Lee Smith: Ivy, the spunky mountain woman with a sensuous nature, from "Fair and Tender Ladies;"  Alice, a feisty nursing home resident about to be kicked out of her writing group because her memories are not happy enough, from "The Happy Memories Club;" and Evalina, a young patient encountering Zelda Fitzgerald at Asheville's Highland Hospital, from Lee Smith's latest novel, "Guests on Earth." Diverse in age and background, the three characters share a flair for storytelling.

Bates-Smith’s touring repertoire has also drawn from the works of Ron Rash, Fred Chappell and Allan Gurganus, plus original monologues “The C-Word: Her Own Cancer Story” and “Confessions of a Clergy Wife.”

Currently, "Go, Granny D!" tours nationwide — a story of the 90-year-old crusader who walked across the U.S. for election reform. A Southeastern Theatre Best Actress award winner, Bates-Smith has played leading roles in HART productions of “Wit,” “Hamlet,” “Doubt” and "August: Osage County."

New York Times best-selling author Lee Smith has written 13 novels and four collections of short stories and lives in Hillsborough with her husband Hal Crowther.

Visit Bates-Smith’s website at barbarabatessmith.com.

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