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Performing Arts Series

Once In...Never Out

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  • Once In...Never Out

    Saturday, January 20, 2018, 7:30 pm
    in the Joseph R. Curry Academic Center Theatre Room

    Once In…Never Out! 
    Written/Performed by June Ballinger
    January 20, 2018  -  7:30 pm
    Joseph R. Curry Academic Center - Theatre  Room
     
    What is the cost of keeping a secret for 50 years? 
     
    A day after Nancy Annan died in 2013, her daughter June Ballinger discovered a cache of letters, photos, and a personal diary at the bottom of a closet. June decided to tell the story her mother never shared.
     
    Once In...Never Out!  reveals the true story of Nancy’s service as a female code breaker at Bletchley Park, England, during WWII.  The play traces the impact of this extraordinary experience throughout Nancy’s life.  It captures her pride, strength of character, and allegiance to duty that made her feel (like many women of her era) that “these were the best days of our lives.”
     
    Nancy was part of the elite team that developed Colossus, the world’s first electronic computer.  Colossus decrypted some of the most significant signals in war intelligence. Like all Bletchley recruits, Nancy signed the Official Secrets Act that bound her to absolute secrecy concerning her war-work.  She kept the secret from everyone, including her husband and children, for nearly 50 years. 
     
    For Nancy, her wartime service at Bletchley is tempered by tragedy in her personal life.  Subsequent to her service, as a mother raising two children in 1950s suburban America, she confronted the era’s stifling limits on women’s roles, without ever being able to reveal her past. 
     
    June Ballinger portrays Nancy through the various decades of life, as well as the three men she loved, and even herself as the persistent inquirer.
     
    “[Ballinger] slips in and out of characters like a DuPont nylon stocking – graceful and smooth.”    — Jacquelyn Claire – NY Theatre Guide
     
    "The only feminist play I know of that is persuasive” — Emmy award winning screenwriter and playwright William Mastrosimone
     
    Once In...Never Out! runs 70 minutes and is followed by a 15-minute talk-back with the audience.
     
     
    All performances in the Cushing Performing Arts Series are free to the public. Voluntary donations to support this Series and the performing arts at Cushing Academy are welcome and can be made in person at each event or online at www.cushing.org/give.

    To reserve your tickets, please e-mail reservations@cushing.org and include your name, contact information, and number of attendees. Please reserve early as some event venues have limited seating. Unclaimed  tickets will be released to the public 15 minutes prior to showtime.
     
We are thrilled to launch the fourth season of Cushing Academy’s Performing Arts Series. Initiated in 2014, the Series continues to broaden and deepen our students’ exposure to first-rate performing artists, while also providing a service to our extended community. Our performances continue to be free to the public, though we do appreciate voluntary donations that support the continuation of these performances as well as our Performing Arts Program.

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Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy is a coed, college preparatory day and boarding school for grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in and out of the classroom through outstanding academic, art and athletic offerings. Visit our welcoming community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.

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