“To Know You”
A partially imagined play based on the real life of Susan Wiley Walker. Walker was a Maryville College Benefactor and architect/first resident of Morningside (which is now known as RT Lodge).
Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. and Nov 2 at 3 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. The performances are free and open to the public, but a printed ticket from the box office is required for admission (tickets will be available starting Sept. 1).
A few weeks before the Maryville College Bicentennial, an earnest young archivist races against the clock to flesh out the bare facts she’s found about an almost forgotten figure in the college’s history — Susan Wiley Walker. Though Mrs. Walker was a generous benefactor in the 1930s and 40s, clues to her life at the college are surprisingly scarce. Just as the archivist makes an important discovery, the benevolent ghost of Mrs. Walker appears and conjures a series of entertaining characters from her era who emerge from the dusty files to bring their stories to life. As this mystical journey unfolds, we are taught important lessons about the value of connection and the wisdom of preserving our precious past.