Walker Evans portrayed in “A Thousand Words”

Walker Evans is played by actor Josh Aaron McCabe Gwendolyn Rice's play, "A Thousand Words." Submitted photos by Nick Berard for the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Walker Evans, an early 20th-century photographer who documented the Great Depression for the Farm Security Administration, is the subject of Madison-based playwright Gwendolyn Rice’s “A Thousand Words,” playing at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre through March 11, 2012. Actor Josh Aaron McCabe plays Evans in the production.

A media release provided by the theater explains that “Rice originally conceived ‘A Thousand Words’ after reading a small article in the newspaper about the discovery of a cache of Evans’ photos in a Key West, Fla., bar. ‘This story fascinated me,’ [Rice said]. ‘Unfamiliar with the photographer Walker Evans, or his work, I started researching him and studying his remarkably evocative pictures. He eventually became a main character in the play.'”

Tickets range from $31-36. Performances are held at the Broadway Theatre Center’s Studio Theatre, 158 North Broadway in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. More details and preview video clips are available at: http://www.chamber-theatre.com/performance/2011-2012/a-thousand-words.aspx

Shirley Hughes (Molly Rhode) and Walker Evans (Josh Aaron McCabe) in "A Thousand Words."

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