West Palm Beach's only resident professional theatre, Palm Beach Dramaworks continues its 7th anniversary season with John Olive's play The Voice of the Prairie. William Hayes directs.
It's the 1890s and young Davey Quinn, along with his grandfather, are the voices of the prairie traveling from one saloon to another sharing stories and tales of the country. When "Poppy" dies, Davey gains a new traveling companion, Frankie - a young blind girl escaping from an abusive father. The young couple is separated just as romance is blossoming. While reminiscing about Frankie years later, Davey is discovered by Leon Schwab, a radio entrepreneur who takes the story-teller out of Nebraska and puts him on the radio. Davey soon wins the hearts of Americans with tales of his adolescence, early adventures and young love. The publicity hungry Schwab tracks down Frankie and reunites the couple; however, no one anticipates the repercussions of their emotional reunion. The Voice of the Prairie is a nostalgic look back at first love and childhood adventure with a comedic spirit that will charm the entire family.