The Diviners


The Diviners

Directed by Don H. Baker

SHOW DATES:  February 7-9, 14-16 & 21-23

All shows at at City Stage

All shows at 8pm

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ABOUT THE SHOW: Winner of the American College Theatre Festival, this marvelously theatrical play is the story of a disturbed young man and his friendship with a disenchanted preacher in southern Indiana in the early 1930s. When the boy was young he almost drowned. This trauma and the loss of his mother in the same accident has left him deathly afraid of water. The preacher, set on breaking away from a long line of Kentucky family preachers, is determined not to do what he does best. He works as a mechanic for the boy's father. The town doesn't have a preacher and the women try to persuade him to preach while he tries to persuade the child to wash. When the preacher finally gets the boy in the river and is washing him, the townspeople mistake the scene for a baptism. They descend on the event and, in the confusion, the boy drowns.

Who’s who of The Diviners

Adam Poole

(C.C. Showers)

Adam is thrilled to be apart of this cast to share this wonderful play. Some previous credits include: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying(FInch), The Lieutenant of Inishmore(Davey), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee(Chip) Spamalot(Lancelot), The Santaland Diaries(Crumpet), Avenue Q(Nicky/Trekkie), The Little Dog Laughed(Mitchell), The Mercant of Venice(Bassanio), Stop Kiss(George), and HAIR(Berger). FIlm and television credits include roles on the locally filmed Revolution and Under the Dome

Kaitlin Baden

(Jennie Mae Layman)

Kaitlin is very excited to return to straight theatre after having spent the last few years “bingeing” on musicals. Past show credits include Sound of Music (Sister Sophia), Spring Awakening (Thea), Xanadu (Melpomene), Hedwig & the Angry Inch (Tit of Clay), Rent (Mimi), and most recently Rocky Horror. She would like to thank Don, Chiaki, and Justin for all of their support and encouragement, the beautiful cast for making this such a great experience, and the crew for making everything come together (without the set/props/lights/sounds/costumes, we’re just actors walking around talking, so thank you). I also want to thank my friends and my family for understanding and accepting my need to perform and for always working around my schedule. Lastly, I want to thank my sister, Celina, for teaching me patience and kindness, and for helping me understand and care so much for Jennie Mae and Buddy. All my love.

Anthony Lawson

(Ferris Layman)

Anthony David Lawson is thrilled to be stepping into the shoes of Ferris Layman ten years after he first played Melvin in City Stages original production.  At first Lawson was hesitant to take on such a complex role, but soon changed his mind when he realized how frequently Kaitlin Baden would be calling him "daddy"

Kitty Fitzgibbon

(Luella Bennett)

Kitty has appeared in many productions for City Stage including "Rocky Horror", "Cabaret","BatBoy", "Lost Highway", and "Prelude to a Kiss".  She has also appeared in productions at Arena Stage and the Folger Shakespeare Theater in Wash,DC, and in Fringe Theater Productions in London. After 25 years in broadcasting, she has hung up her microphone, and Kitty is delighted to be back "home" at City Stage with such a talented group.

Holli Saperstein

(Norma Henshaw)

Holli Saperstein began acting in her home town of Phoenix, Arizona and moved to California appearing in a variety of stage productions, national commercials and voiceover work before taking a break to pursue a graduate degree.  After moving to Wilmington, Holli returned to acting, performing in films and commercials as well as stage productions including Night Mother, The Guys and The Dixie Swim Club. 

Kim Ewonus

(Basil Bennett)

Back in the 70s, Kim was a Theater major at Kansas University.  He then did a lot of regional theater including One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Fantasticks, and The Importance of Being Earnest. After a short 35 year break, Kim returned to the stage as Andrew Carnes in Oklahoma! last summer. He is excited to have this opportunity to work with City Stage. For a day job, Kim drives the Horse Drawn Carriage and conducts history tours downtown.

Beth Swindell

(Darlene Henshaw)

Beth is proud to be a part of this beautiful production. You may have seen her recently as "Joanne" in RENT, "Judy" in NINE TO FIVE THE MUSICAL, and in other productions like SPAMALOT, LES MISERABLES, OKLAHOMA, HELLO DOLLY!, and LEGALLY BLONDE. She sends huge thanks to Don Baker for this wonderful opportunity. She would also like to say a special thank you to those who believe in her and who continue to support her as she takes on new challenges in theatre and beyond.

Patrick Basquill

(Dewey Maples)

Patrick Basquill is thrilled to be back at City Stage, he was last seen here on this stage as Duke in The Great American Trailer. Recent credits include Jonathon Crane in Gallery, and Father Francis in A Waltz with Flowers, he liked them there shows to be part of. He, Patrick would like to thank Don, Delvin Mewey Lastname, and Kevin for being a stalwart, unmoving, reliable person, being cute as a button and not hating him, and for giving him opportunities to do work. In reverse order. 

Tamara Mercer

(Goldie Short)

Tamara just performed for City Stage as the Kit Kat club girl Lulu in 'Cabaret'.  Last season she was Little Bo Peep in 'Drury Lane' for Pied Piper Theatre and was also seen as Vernadette in Big Dawg's Productions of 'Dixie Swim Club'. Other TV and film have been the wedding planner in 'One Tree Hill', nurse in 'Bruno', Misty in 'Deceiver', Charlotte Streeter in American Gothic, and the voice of Natsumi Tsujimoto in the Anime series 'You're Under Arrest'. Tamara is eager and happy to stay in the 1930's with my fellow prairie farmers in the search for water ...

Kenneth Rosander

(Buddy Layman)

After graduating with a BA in Drama from UNC-Asheville, Kenneth made his way to the coast where he’s been balancing his love of the stage with his work with children and youth with exceptional needs.  This is Kenneth’s first show with City Stage and he’s very excited to have the opportunity to play Buddy and be a part of bringing this incredible character and show to life in the Port City.  You can find more information, including examples of Kenneth’s makeup and costuming work at his website:

Brendan Carter

(Melvin Wilder)

Brendan Carter is excited to be a part of this incredible show with such an amazing cast. He was recently seen in A Waltz With Flowers at Cape Fear Playhouse, Hedwig and the Angry Inch at City Stage, and Cabaret at Thalian Hall.  He would like to thank the entire cast and crew for this great experience.

Don H. Baker


Don Baker is an old fart who is glad to have insurance again. Ah, the public option called Medicare. He needs it since he's been fooling around with theater, movies, and painting all his life to little gain save some simple satisfaction that he can at times speak about himself in the third person. And still count a few milestones - and maybe do a movie and direct one or two shows a year at City Stage. This is his second go-around with The Diviners. He would like to thank life.