Portuguese American Journal

Theater: Portuguese-American author Amy Sayre explores the macabre – Springfield, IL

In the writing world, Portuguese-American author Amy Sayre’ creative life exists between the places that have shaped her family and her work: the Madeira Islands, Illinois and Eastern Tennessee.

Currently teaching at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois, where she is also associate poetry editor at Quiddity Literary Journal, her latest publication is forthcoming in Ninth Letter, Arts and Literary Journal.

Her most recent literary venture has been into the realm of the macabre theatre and the underworld with her new one-act play, The Widows of Whitechapel.

The play is a haunting journey into the lives and after-lives of the five female victims of notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper. The premise is that the theater audience has purchased tickets for a tour of the Whitechapel area in London, where the Ripper murders took place, but the audience gets more than they bargained for when the ghosts of the women who were murdered by Jack come alive and take over the command of the tour.

Each victim has a lot to say about historical figures including Charles Dickens, Queen Isabella and Margaret Thatcher, as well opinions about the objectification of women and how the Jack the Ripper murders have been treated by academics, the media and even historians. They’ve decided to take their bodies back, so to speak. The show runs at the beautiful and historic Legacy Theatre, in Springfield, designated as one of the “most haunted” historical landmarks in the state of Illinois.

Presented in the intimate space of the Legacy Lounge, the performance will be followed by refreshments and a discussion with the author and performers.

The Legacy Lounge is located on the lower level of The Legacy Theatre, 101 East Lawrence Ave., Springfield.  Accessibility for the physically challenged is limited.  Please call the theater at 217-528-9760 if you have special needs.

All seating is general admission. There are only 75 seats available for each performance – ensure a seat by purchasing in advance! Save with advance purchase.  For tickets and information  >>

Advance tickets available for the October 31st Halloween Night performance are now available.

Advance tickets:  $10
Day of show tickets:  $15

Submitted by Millicent Accardi/Contributor