Spoon River Anthology Comes Home to Petersburg


A popular book-turned-play has made its way back home to the city that helped inspire its writing. First published in 1915, Spoon River Anthology chronicles small town life in central Illinois through a series of monologues. Its author, Edgar Lee Masters, called Petersburg home during much of his childhood. 

The show is currently being performed by the Theatre in the Park at Lincoln’s New Salem. Being able to bring the story back to Petersburg and perform it in an outdoor venue means a lot for director Phil Funkenbusch. 

“People have relatives who were mentioned in the book who were around here in Menard County and over in Fulton County So, you almost feel a need to do it justice.” says Funkenbusch 

The show will run through September 1st at New Salem. For more information, including how to get tickets, you can visit their website. 

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