A Game Changer for Local Dramatists

Bravo to Wheeling dramatists Jeremy Richter and Ron Scott Jr. whose play, “Changing Game,” has been selected for a production in New York City.

The playwrights are in the process of casting the play, with audition assistance from Dale Sampson, a Wheeling Park High School graduate who moved to New York to pursue an acting career.

Wheeling native and Broadway actor Aaron Galligan-Stierle will direct the production of “Changing Game.” The play is scheduled to open in New York on Feb. 16.

Meanwhile, another play written by Richter will be performed at Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre in Wheeling Friday through Sunday, Jan. 3-5. “Political Little One” deals with the historical case of Lucy Bagby, who is believed to be the last slave returned to her master under the Fugitive Slave Act before the Civil War.

Wheeling audiences have seen samples of “Political Little One” during staged readings at local venues in recent years. In this play, Richter dramatizes the story of three men and a boy who were accused of assisting in Bagby’s escape.

Former Sistersville resident Steven E. Winters has released his second book, “A Knight in the Ville – The December Dark.”

Winters, who now lives in Wilmington, N.C., said the story, like his first book, “A Knight in the Ville – Why the Babies Cry,” is based upon local folklore and legends of the Ohio Valley.

Describing the plot, Winters stated, “It is a harrowing tale of how the greed and fears of a small town feed the evil needs of a mysterious stranger who shows up one cold dark December night in tiny Sistersville, W.Va. Only the heroic efforts of small town cop Curtis Knight can save the Ville from certain darkness.”

The novel is available at Amazon.com or at other book distributors, the author said.

I’m sorry to have missed it, but I’m told that another great program was presented for Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Coordinator Sean Duffy said that 130 people were present to share their memories of downtown Wheeling.

The session was part of Lunch With Books’ popular Neighborhood Nostalgia series.

One of the speakers was Jack Syphers, Wheeling’s last surviving trolley car man. Duffy said Syphers started working for Wheeling’s Co-Operative Transit Co. in 1942, at age 21. He operated trolley cars until they were replaced by buses in 1948. Duffy said the next entry in the series will be Wheeling Island Memories, currently scheduled for March 25.

The holiday season is upon us with all its wonder, magical moments and experiences of grace and joy. Even in times of great sorrow, the spirit of Christmas still prevails. It is a time for extraordinary examples of generosity and simple acts of kindness. Witnessing the selfless giving by others of their time, energy and material goods can restore one’s faith in humanity.

May you and your family and friends have a blessed Christmas and a joyous holiday season. Merry Christmas, readers!

Linda Comins can be reached via email at: lcomins@theintelligencer .net