From Sea to Shining Sea
UD’S REP presents “O Beautiful.” Plus, Rehoboth Beach fetes Italy, the children’s theater is still going strong and more.
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Here’s to You, Joe DiMaggio
With the exception of his brief marriage to Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio’s fans know little about his personal life. The Great Yankee Clipper liked his privacy, and those who attempted to capture his life in print or film kept their distance. Award-winning local playwright Richard Gaw was curious. He wanted to “explore what the volley between fame and solitude could do to someone and where it left him at the end of his life,” he says. That exploration resulted in “DiMaggio,” a play that has its world premiere at OperaDelaware Studios April 8. “I wanted to imagine a man in the twilight of his life, desperately wishing to share himself with those who never truly knew him, and telling the world about the woman he loved more than life itself,” says Gaw. “The first act is about baseball and the second act is about Monroe. In the end, what I’ve attempted to write is the whole, sweeping story of an American hero.” Performances will be April 8-9, 14-16, at 8 p.m. Tickets will be available at OperaDelaware Studios on the day of the performance. For more, contact Gaw at (610) 274-2174, or by e-mail at email@example.com. —Maria Hess