Both Eyes Open: The Annie Oakley Story

Show Overview

Maura O'Brien brings to life the legendary Annie Oakley in a new play, written by Jeanne Beckwith.

In this entertaining solo show, playwright Beckwith cracks open the legend to reveal the real lady and her fascinating life.

Full of humor, heart-break, sharp wits, and white-knuckled determination, Oakley sets the record straight.
Defying death at least three times,  this Little Sure Shot's determination saw her through from the poor farm to dining with Queens and Kings and blazing her own path all the while. And she always shot with both eyes open.

LNT previously mounted the premier of Beckwith's Love Letters Made Easy.

Maura O'Brien's previous work with Lost Nation Theater includes Becoming Dr Ruth, Lost in Yonkers, Vagina Monologues and many more.

Both Eyes Open plays 7:30pm Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat; and 2pm Sun September 8–18, 2022
Each performance but Preview will be live-streamed.

Production Team

directed by Kathleen Keenan

scenic design by Kim A Bent
costume design by Cora Fauser
lighting design by Samuel J Biondolillo
properties design by Laura Gist and Ann Harvey
music design by Tim Tavcar

stage manager: William Pelton

associate lighting designer: Kelly Daigneault, SJB Lighting Design
production assistant: Sarah Menard
technical director: Robyn Osiecki


Scoop Info

Lost Nation Theater has spent the pandemic helping to develop new work.

After several meetings to discuss ideas for a new play, we set our sights on Annie - an outspoken, ridiculously talented, before her time woman, who found success on the 'stage' and who, despite her fame, most people don't really know about.

She is the epitome of surviving and thriving and her story is fascinating.
We're confident you will agree! 

So far we're proved right as the show is receiving Standing Ovations at every Performance!

More Details Here

Buzz Info

Get a peek into what the set is going to look like and the process of creating it here.

Listen to playwright Jeanne Beckwith and director Kathleen Keenan talk Both Eyes Open on Vermont Viewpoints

actor in white behind late 1800's parlour chair smiling and blowing a kissRead Jim Lowe's Rave in the Times Argus (photo above courtesy of Jim Lowe)


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