'GRASS' to be presented at Pickens Hall in Heuvelton Oct. 12
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 5:42 am

The cast of the upcoming play “GRASS” at Pickens Hall in Heuvelton. Photo submitted.

HEUVELTON -- Pickens Hall will present the play “GRASS,” an original ‘70’s theatre tale of the North End Farm commune on Sat., Oct 12, 7 p.m.

The play recounts the story of the 1972 North Country commune at North End Farm in DeKalb.

In 2017, one of those hippies, New York City musician Marty Lipowitz, wrote memoir of his days on the commune.

Julie Manders, a Canton resident and friend of Marty, asked Elaine Kuracina if she would turn the memoir into a play.

Kuracina developed the following themes for the play, the log cabin with a dome on top, the North Country neighbors who welcomed the new comers, the black fly menace, a friendly state trooper, and the falling apart of an idealistic goal.

Lipowitz wrote original songs for the script, turning the play into a musical.

A group of students from SUNY Potsdam combined with the Grasse River Community Players volunteered to be cast members.

Costumes will be 70s vintage, and there will be a live band headed by Lipowitz on the keyboard. Historical projections of the original location, and tents will be on display. Choreography will be by Julie Manders.

Tickets are $10 advance or $12 at the door. Proceeds will benefit Pickens Hall.

For reservations, call Pickens at 315-344-7950.