The Randall Fine Arts Council has been bringing music and culture to southeastern Hamilton County for 26 years. Now the organization is expanding its program to expose more of Hamilton County to fine arts presentations.
They will begin this with a special theatrical appearance by Jane Cox of ISU Theatre. She will perform a one woman show, "The Promised Land," a story about a Nebraska pioneer woman homesteading in the late 1800s. The show will be held at Webster City Community Theatre on Saturday at 3 pm. There is no admission charge, but a free will offering will be taken to offset costs to the Randall Fine Arts Council and WCCT.
She has been involved with more than 250 productions as an actress, designer, or director. Her one-woman shows have been performed in more than 20 states as well as the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian. her first one-woman show was "The Belle of Amhearst" about Emily Dickinson, which toured Iowa through a grant from the Fisher Foundation. It was also performed in other states and Russia. She wrote "The Yellow Rose of Suffrage" through funding from a grant from the Liberal Arts and Science College at Iowa State. It concerns the life and words of Carrie Chapman Catt.
Cox said researching, writing and performing one woman shows is "a way of getting into great minds and seeing what these women have to done with their lives. I hope at the end of two hours the audience gets to know one person really well. You still get to know the high points of their lives, but also what changes them. That's what appeals to me."
Cox did her undergraduate work at Iowa State University and has now been on the ISU faculty for over twenty years. She is a full professor and stage director for Iowa State University Theatre. Cox also teaches a wide variety of theatre classes to university students, children, and seniors. She has been awarded The Faculty Citation, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Excellence in Artistic Creativity Award, and a Commendation from Gov. Terry E. Branstad.