A one-woman play will premiere next week in Webster City detailing the experiences of the Hamilton County town’s first woman settler. The debut of the play called "Afternoon" coincides with the community’s sesquicentennial. Jane Curtis, of Webster City, wrote the play and says it’ll be an entertaining local history lesson.
Curtis says, "Expect to hear the story of what it was like to be a young girl coming to a place that was not inhabited previously by Caucasians, with her family and extended family, and her remembrances of her father and others creating a town where there had not been one before."
Curtis says she started writing the play about five years ago as a typical multi-character play, but couldn’t finish it. Then, with sesquicentennial plans being announced, she decided a year-and-a-half ago to start work on the piece again, and it evolved into the one-woman play that goes on-stage next week.
Curtis says she’s thrilled to have professional actress Rachel Lindhart, a Humboldt native who lives in Iowa City, come to Webster City to perform the play. Curtis hopes to present the play in other parts of the state, too. The performance is set for 7:30 P.M. Monday in Webster City’s Bonebright Park. For more information, surf to "www.webstercity.com".