The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 7, 2013

O'Keeffe's artistic, romantic lives portrayed

By Joe Hadsall
Globe Features Editor

CARTHAGE, Mo. — The life and work of American artist Georgia O'Keeffe will be portrayed this weekend at Stone's Throw Dinner Theatre.

The one-woman play "O'Keeffe!" starring Carolyn Wickwire will be presented Saturday and Sunday at the theater. A special wine and cheese reception featuring Wickwire will be held at 6:30 p.m.

The artist is recognized as the mother of American modernism. Her paintings of enlarged blossoms and New York buildings are considered legendary by art critics.

Written by Lucinda McDermott, the play covers her rise to fame as she struggled with finding her artistic voice as a woman after the turn of the century, and whether her rise was too deeply connected to her marriage to modern art champion Alfred Stieglitz.

According to a press release, O'Keeffe struggled to keep her independence as both woman and artist. After quitting painting out of frustration, she picked up her art again, and some of those sketches found their way to Stieglitz. He loved the drawings, but exhibited them without permission -- and that was the beginning of a love affair that turned into a long marriage.

Featuring O'Keeffe's witty and irreverent personality, the play is directed by Ouida White and co-produced by Dennis West.

Wickwire has worked in theater, film and TV, with roles in shows such as "Prison Break" and "In Plain Sight," and in the movie "Phobia," to be released in the future.

The play starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. In connection with O'Keeffe's residence in New Mexico, a Southwestern meal will be served before both shows. Both shows also include an art auction and silent auction.  Tickets: $25. Details: 417-358-9665.