Saint Martin’s will co-produce world premiere of Lynch’s “Border Songs”

January 16, 2011

Lacey, Washington – The lush Northwest Washington border between Canada and the United States and the gulf between “normal” folks and those regarded as peculiar are often as imperceptible as they are illusory. They are the stuff of “Border Songs,” which has its world premiere in February at the State Theater.

Based on Olympia author Jim Lynch’s novel, a 2010 Washington State Book Award winner, “Border Songs” was adapted for the stage by Bryan Willis and is a co-production by Saint Martin’s University Theatre Department and Book-It Repertory Theatre. David Quicksall directs the production.

At the heart of the story, threading between the borders, is unlikely hero Brandon Vanderkool, a naïve and dyslexic, six-foot-eight misfit pushed into joining the U.S. Border Patrol. While he’d rather bird-watch or tend the cows on the struggling family dairy farm, his skills of observation make him surprisingly adept at spotting and busting drug smugglers. A finely-drawn cast of small-town characters and illicit activities drive a plot that is both amusing and poignant.

Curtains open on “Border Songs” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25-27 and March 2-5 at the State Theater, 204 4th Ave E, Olympia Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10; $6 for students, seniors and members of the military. The March 2 show is pay-what-you-will.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 22 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Olympic College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College.

Fore more information:

Judy Turner
Show’s producer