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Join us for our first-ever theater production: Bill Whiting’s Tioughnioga River Anthology — featuring monologues from Cortland County’s famous and not-so-famous deceased citizens! (ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY / LIMITED SEATING!)

  • When: Saturday, Sept. 27th at 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: In the ‘big tent’ we’ll be erecting near the cemetery entrance
  • Performed by: The Trope Troupe (of the United Presbyterian Church) and Cortland High Theatre; directed by Benjamin Wells & Scott Gay
  • Tickets: Only $5 — but seating is limited, so you must reserve your seats by calling the cemetery office at 756-6022 — Mon-Fri, 8-12. (Leave a message if we cannot pick up.) Once you reserve your seats with our office, we will check your name off at the entrance to the tent and accept your admission fee. Please arrive in a timely fashion, as we'll begin the proceedings/show at 7 sharp.
  • Attire: Please dress for outdoor, Fall weather. (May be warm, may be cold... Who knows? That's part of the fun of it!)
  • Parking: For added safety and convenience, parking will be provided 'just one door down' at Dr. Reyger’s Dental Office just west of the cemetery. Parking attendants will be on hand to assist/direct you, as will be the Cortland City Police Dept.
  • Reception: A modest, light-refreshments reception will be held following the performance (approx. 8:30 p.m.); stop by to say hello and talk with the performers/directors!

ABOUT THE PLAY: Inspired by Edgar Lee Masters’ renowned book of poetry, the Spoon River Anthology (1915), the Tioughnioga River Anthology was conceived and written by beloved Homer English teacher and theatrical expert, Bill Whiting. Like its inspiration, tonight’s play offers us a series of life stories as told by the dead. Unlike Master’s original work — which was a fictional account of small‐town America — Whiting’s Tioughnioga River Anthology dramatizes the lives of actual people who lived, and died, right here in Cortland County. Indeed, many are buried in this very cemetery.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: William S. (Bill) Whiting earned a Master’s degree from Wells College, taught English and German at Homer Central School in New York, and was a finalist for the New York State Teacher of the year in 1985. He directed over 80 productions at Homer High School and acted in a professional company. After teaching, Bill traveled the British Isles for almost a year.


Thank you to....

> The noon-hour Cortland Rotary Club for their financial support

> SUNY Cortland /ACS for the donation of our stage‐risers (especially Kevin Pristash!)

> Dr. Cheryl Reygers Dental Office for use of their parking lot

> The City of Cortland for assistance with parking & traffic

> Anonymous donor — flashlights

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