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Cross Roads: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings & Norton S. Baskin in Unguarded Moments

an original play by Deborah B. Dickey

A Classic Theatre, Inc. celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the publication of author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Yearling with the return of CROSS ROADS: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Norton S. Baskin in Unguarded Moments by Deborah B. Dickey.  


In their own words, the letters of the beloved author and her husband come alive in the pivotal moments of their relationship. From their courtship through their long separation during World War II, the author’s relationship with Norton Baskin is tested, and he is revealed, not only as the charming southern gentleman from Alabama but, as a wonderful storyteller in his own right. In their letters, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings reveals her hopes and fears, and Baskin regales the author with his anecdotes of life in St. Augustine and his time in India, as an ambulance driver for the American Field Service, while matching her skill in wit and wisdom. 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the AFS which continues its work around the world with its intercultural programs for students.


Nancy Grote, who portrayed the author in ACT’s production of My Friend Zelma, reprises her role as Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings in this return engagement and Ashley Carter returns in the role of Norton Baskin on March 15, 17 and 23.  This production also features Kelly McTaggart returning to the role of Norton Baskin on March 16, 22 and 24.

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