The Newton Nomadic Theater hosts a one-woman show at the Nathaniel Allen House

Reilly said he heard about the Powers play from a mutual friend, and although he took the advice “with a grain of salt”, he went to the Cape Rep Theater on October 2 to see Powers play. Reilly said he spoke to Powers the next day and they started planning to bring the show to Newton.

A few weeks later, Reilly announced a three-day “Miss Delta Township” series with 40 tickets per performance. The turnout was “encouraging,” Reilly said, and “people are starving” for the music and the theater.

“We sold within 48 hours,” Reilly said.

Reilly partnered with the Newton Cultural Alliance to host the play in the recently restored Nathaniel Allen House at 35 Webster St., West Newton, which the organization purchased in 2012.

Adrienne Hartzell Knudsen, Executive Director of the Newton Cultural Alliance, said the Allen House “was literally falling to the ground” when the Newton Cultural Alliance purchased it, but has since become a center of the arts in the world. show for the community of Newton.

“I hope we get maybe some jazz weekends,” Knudsen said. “We have chamber music, we have two orchestras and a choir. They rehearse here every week.

Knudsen said she was eager to add more events to the home’s already “robust” schedule, but remained vigilant on pandemic safety.

“We’re pretty aware that we don’t want to be a super spreader place,” Knudsen said.

Sure enough, during the weekend performances, some members of the audience rushed home to collect their vaccination cards after being initially refused entry to the room.

While Reilly and Knudsen worked on the organization of the event, Powers prepared for his performance.

Powers, a dancer and playwright, said she started working on “Miss Delta Township” two years ago as a memoir before deciding to write it as a one-woman show.

“It’s a lot about my life,” Powers said, “and the things that went into that transition in my life where I was trying to come to terms with the life I had instead of the one I actually wanted.”

Powers said she finished the play in June. She presented it to the Cape Rep Theater, an organization she had worked closely with before, and they premiered the show in September.

“The race was really fun,” said Powers. “I live in a small town, and so the audience were really my friends who showed up, and I think they liked me before I even got on stage.”

During the last weekend of his run at the Cape Rep Theater, Powers met Jerry Reilly.

“He came over and really liked it, and right on the spot said, ‘Come on, let’s go,'” said Powers.

Powers said she toured the show daily with a view to performing in Newton, where audiences wouldn’t know her so well.

“I’m comfortable, I’m in good spirits, I’m going to have fun,” Powers said in an interview two days before his first performance in Newton.

The Newton Nomadic Theater hosted three “Miss Delta Township” shows from November 5-7, and each was sold out.

“I really relaxed,” Powers said after her last performance. “I felt embraced by the audience and it was awesome.”

Wally Higgins, a local Newton resident who attended on November 7, said he enjoyed the play.

“My immediate reaction is that she has incredible talent and courage,” Higgins said. “To stand up while telling your story, you create a story from your life, from your family history, it takes courage. “

Reilly said after seeing the public reaction he decided to add another “Miss Delta Township” series two weeks later.

“We were testing the waters to see if people would come to an indoor show,” Reilly said. “We realized there was a lot more audience to come.”

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