At the beginning of “Overtones,” Harriet is preparing for the arrival of a former acquaintance, Mrs. Margaret Caldwell, whom she has invited to tea. She is also having a discussion with her primitive “inner self,” Hetty. The two women establish that they are indeed very different parts of the same person. As Hetty notes, “I’m crude and real, you are my appearance in the world.” Harriet concedes that they are one and the same, but refuses to admit that Hetty is also the wife of Charles Goodrich. Harriet asserts that she alone is Charles’s wife because it is she who manipulates him and manages him through her social airs and artifice. Eventually the conversation turns to John Caldwell and to Hetty’s despair over not having married him when she had the opportunity. Margaret arrives bringing her primitive self, Maggie, and a most interesting conversation begins.
Author: Alice Gerstenberg
“Overtones” was presented as a reader’s theater performance on March 6, 2013. This was 90 years to the day of the staging of the production that started the Community Players. In celebration, there was a ribbon cutting in conjunction with the performance for the Chamber of Commerce, invited guests, and the public. A reception was held in the lobby with tours of the theater and the theater’s historian was on hand to answer any questions about Community Players.