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Script, Words, and Music © 2002 by Paul D. Race

Act 1:

Modern Day

In the early 21st century, a family that has just left a funeral enters a strange old homestead that is cluttered with musical instruments, antique furniture and clothing.

Ben, a washed-up musician, tells his estranged wife Rhonda that his Aunt Lois wanted him to sort out the family papers. Their children are 11-year-old Elly, college student Stephanie, and James, the married son, a guitar maker. Jamesí wife Roberta and Stephanieís school friend Curtis are also along. Elly starts exploring, trying on old clothes, and reading old letters.


Dressed like a pioneer boy, Elly reads a letter from an ancestor whose family ran a toll house and general store on the National Road. Elly nags Ben into singing his song National Road. James offers to build Ben a "good" guitar, but Ben declines, starting a brief argument.


Stephanie finds the wedding dress of a Shawnee ancestor (You Can Change This Land).


Ben learns about the family hiding an escaped slave. Roberta sings Small Kindnesses.


During the Civil War, the family lost a son and turned the house into a hospital (A Motherís Eyes).


Pioneer traffic on the National Trail inspires the medley Weíll Know It When We See It.


Ancestor Kathleen OíBrienís family died on the Oregon trail (Yellow and Green are the Colors I Wear).


Benís Jewish great-grandmother encountered anti-Semitism when she tried to start a business, but was aided by an unlikely source (Small Kindnesses reprise).


Benís grandfather witnessed the Wright Brothersí early attempts (What Are They Thinking?).


Discussion of the 1913 Dayton flood lead into If the Creek Donít Rise. As the song finishes, a "modern day" flash flood cuts off the house from the street.

Act 2:


Kathleenís daughter Erin shared a fishing spot with Henry, a German farm-boy (Fish in the Corn). Later Henry was injured in WWI, but he and Erin married and had three children.


Henry built rental cabins to take advantage of the increased automobile traffic. But he died a few years later, leaving Erin and the children to run the store and campground.


During the depression, Erin fed many hoboes (Long and Open Highway). One turned out to be a former circuit rider. He married Erin and reopened the cabins as a church camp.


The 1941 camp meeting (Iíll Never Be the Same) closed with prayer for the nation (Kyrie).


Erinís daughter Lois married Harry (Benís uncle), and the two experienced some postwar prosperity (Weíll Know It When We See It reprise).


Rhonda, Ben, and Curtis portray Lois, Harry, and son Lewis in a medley of 1960ís domestic dissatisfaction. (Who Taught You How/Invisible Son)


Harry finally sent Lewis to Toronto, to pursue his theatrical ambitions without fear of the draft.


Lewis became a success, but often lamented his exile (Heart of the Heartland).

Modern Day

Ben reveals that he has actually inherited the property, but he wants James and Roberta to have it. James and Ben reach an understanding. Curtis and Roberta challenge the family to do their part for each other and for the future (Carry the Flame).

As the flood recedes, Ben asks Rhonda to take him back. But she questions his commitment, reprising If the Creek Donít Rise. A medley ends with You Can Change This Land.

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