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WFYI Public Television Presents Wind Chimes and Promises

Broadcast Offers Stage Adaptation of Local Author's Memoir

Wind Chimes and Promises is a moving stage adaptation of a memoir written by Indianapolis author Phyllis Adair-Ward. Filmed on location at the Indiana State Museum, this one-act play developed by Hoosier playwright Rita Kohn, captures the poignant story of Adair-Ward's mother, Prudence, and her coming of age in Indianapolis' Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood in the first part of the nineteenth century. The production, which stars Indianapolis actress Stevi Butler, will mark its broadcast premiere Thursday, October 22 at 8:00 pm on WFYI 3 (20.3 DT).

The dramatization of Wind Chimes and Promises begins in 1919, when Prudence's family is forced to flee its farm in Homer, Georgia, and relocate to Indianapolis in search of a better life. The play depicts Prudence during her formative years (from 9 to 16 years of age), when she is both homesick for the Georgia town that she no longer can return to, and distraught over the unwelcome reception she receives from the Indianapolis community she must now learn to call home.

'We experience with Prudence, her coming of age in a place she has not felt fully comfortable until 'the turning point' - the point at which she recognizes that the real challenge of life is to make of yourself a good person no matter where you live," said Indianapolis playwright Rita Kohn, who adapted the story for stage.

With the help of her parents, Prudence is able to mature into a young woman who not only learns the importance of self-respect, but the need to accept and regard the values of others as well. As public television viewers will soon discover, Wind Chimes and Promises is really a story within a story. The play not only chronicles one young girl's journey into adolescence, but offers a fascinating historical account of an Indianapolis community from post World War I through the eve of the Great Depression.

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