The country group Lonestar has sung about “My Front Porch Looking In.” Well, a Georgetown resident has written “The Porch,” a play about memories in Pawleys Island.
The Swamp Fox Players will premiere Vikky Gentry Ferris’ production Friday for three weekends through May 26 at the Strand Theater in historic Georgetown.
The 1950s-era play, directed by Lee Padgett, also splashes in some beach music and shagging at Pawleys Island Pavilion, as well as fishing and crabbing, for Ferris wants to trigger summer memories for everyone in the audience.
Ferris said she has traced her ancestry in Georgetown to 1770, and although she was born in Norfolk, Va., on a “brief tour” by her parents, she was raised in Georgetown, where she has made her life “through and through.”
Retired from a career in marketing, which included the medical field as well as writing commercials for radio, television and newspapers, Ferris said she considers those “my miniature plays.”
When a playwright writes a play, it’s really good to be able to hear it out loud; that’s what the Atlantic Stage festival did for me. .. I could understand and hear it through the characters’ voices.
It’s also the place where many people have gone to heal. In the play, one of the characters gets a divorce and goes right to her home at the beach, with her mother ... and she heals at the beach.