Nadine Franklin and Paula Tsiagalas star in “The Awakening Time” readers theater performance at St. Charles’ Steel Beam Theatre as part of St. Charles’ Summer Theater Festival.
In “The Awakening Time,” sometimes a spiritual journey begins with a loss and that is exactly what happens to 46-year-old Katie. After losing her husband, John, to cancer a year ago, Katie lives an isolated and emotionally disconnected life.
Her life changes when she meets a charming, off-beat French woman who seems to have the answers to questions Katie doesn’t even know how to ask. This mysterious woman opens doors to the other side that helps Katie realize that love is worth the pain.
Local actress Nadine Franklin plays Katie, a widow with strength and spunk, who doesn’t really know her power. All she wants is to feel alive again. She is angry and feels victimized by the world and realizes no one has the capacity to simply allow her to be herself.
Franklin is the director of theater at Kishwaukee College and holds an MFA in performance from Northern Illinois University. She has received three Irene Ryan nominations for her portrayals of Stella in “Streetcar Named Desire,” Madame Arcadina in “The Seagull” and Martha in “Strange Show.”
Paula Tsiagalas portrays Nancy, a spiritual woman in her 50s who has the ability to draw people to her like a moth to a flame. That ability brings out the positive and negative sides of her personality. She learns that spirituality means letting go of her own ego.
Tsiagalas resides in DeKalb where she manages her family’s restaurant, The Sycamore Parkway, along with her husband, Angelo. Paula has been performing theater locally her whole life, so the chance to meet a new group of people and participate in this piece was irresistible.
Donna Steele, executive director of the Steel Beam Theatre is offering three readers theater performances of this new screenplay, written and adapted to live theater by Elgin resident Beth Raines, screenwriter and Hollywood actress.
Raines was an experienced actress in such features as “Forever” and “The Waltons” before writing her first screenplay. Audiences for its first Bartlett performance raved about the strong performances and excellent storyline.
The dates for this production are July 13, 14 and 15, in coordination with the St. Charles Summer Theater Festival.
Tickets are available through the Steel Beam box office website at www.SteelBeamTheatre.com or by phone at 630-587-8521.
Although main stage performances normally cost $25, tickets have been reduced to $20 for these performances on a limited first-come, first-served basis.
Proceeds from these performances will benefit two nonprofits, St. Charles Noon Rotary Club, which is supporting Raines’ production and the Steel Beam Theatre.