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Fayetteville native finds love letters, writes play

How significant is the Depression era to "Geepers, I love you"?

Unless one has lived through the Depression years, today's Americans cannot fathom what these people went through. The primary message [from] most of the seniors whom I've interviewed relates to work ethic. We seem to have gotten away from this, especially the "gimme generation." Also, people genuinely helped others in need.

So, the 1930s background is imperative to the play. A radio was a prized treasure, chipped beef was extended further and further to feed the family, there was no pet food recall as pets ate what the family ate, fashion was practical, etc.

Are there other characters incorporated into the play?

I have added a shapely hairdresser who wants to rent space. She is 'hot' and tries to seduce the barber. Also, Hottie was my dad's drinking antagonist. He coaxes the barber to go out frequently for home-made hooch. Finally, Parker asserts himself as he has promised Marie that he will lay off the booze.

How about humor?

Dad would tell very funny stories. One in particular was the first time he cut a dead person's hair at the funeral parlor. I have incorporated songs and ditties my dad sang while I was growing up. There are also two songs about the Depression which he wrote that will be sung by the barber.

What are some of the high or low points of the 1930s that people have shared with you?

The Civilian Conservation Corps helped many young boys learn a trade as they were sent as 16 year olds to parts of the U.S. to build, to dig; more than half of what they earned was sent to their families back home. Their experiences also show that our government tried to help those in dire need at that time. Families were separated in order to live.

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