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The West Volusia Historical Society will host a return engagement of "The Volusia Lowdown" on Saturday, May 31, and Sunday, June 1, at the Athens Theatre in downtown DeLand.
The play will again be produced and directed by William "Billy" de Silva.
The play was adapted from a book of the same title and from other historical sources, and will be told in the same "semi-documentary" style as a production last year. The cast will feature 12 characters from DeLand's past, this time taking place during the 1920s and '30s.
The theme of the play is about the power and political upheaval that took place in DeLand and Volusia County over those two decades. It will, however, cover only a few of the high spots adapted from the book that was written in the mid-'30s.
The characters in the play show those powerful men and their will to rule, working their will in ways both political, criminal, and sometimes violent -- they played politics like a chessboard. They did some bad things, and they did some good things badly -- and did bad things for what they may have thought were good reasons -- no one was completely clean and no one walked away without a little dirt under their fingernails.
The cast will feature Sally Landis Bohon as the Narrator, Pete Rougeux as Attorney Cary Landis, Bob Sollien as Judge Bert Fish, Robert Floyd as Francis P. Whitehair, Will Pierce as John O'Neill, Bruce Fogleman as Don O'Neill, Bill Crippen as Roy L. Cook, Gail Fleming as Lutie-Mae McCanles, Eric Hall as Gov. Dave Sholtz, Sonny Goff as Judge John Peacock, Tom Roberts as Sheriff Ed Stone, and County Councilwoman Joyce Cusack will play Mary McLeod Bethune.
"The Volusia Lowdown" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $20 for VIP seats (Rows A-E Center Orchestra); $18 for adults; $16 for senior citizens 62 and older; and $10 for students. (The play is not recommended for children.)
The Athens is at 124 N. Florida Avenue. Parking is free. All tickets are available at AthensDeland.com (recommended) or by calling the box office at (386) 736-1500.