LINCOLN CITY – Locals know that Elizabeth Black, the consummate Toastmaster, Information Center volunteer and veteran of the community theater stage, can tell a good tale. She can also write a funny yarn, and deliver it with the best of them, as local audiences discovered in her original plays like “Perfectly Respectable Ladies” (2011) and “The Lemon Ladies’ Last Garage Sale” (2012). Now, Black is back with “My Life as a Lemon Lady,” a one-woman, humorous and mostly true play at the Lincoln City Cultural Center set for 7 pm Saturday, Nov. 23.
Black’s asking all her fans, as well as those who just feel obligated – and as well they should, with all Elizabeth has done for THEM – to bring $10 admission and a non-perishable food donation for the Lincoln City Food Pantry. LCCC volunteers will be on hand with beer and wine, as well as yummy lemon bars, all sold separately with proceeds to benefit the center.
“My Life as a Lemon Lady” is the sequel to Black’s last autobiographical one-act, “The Lemon Ladies’ Last Garage Sale,” which hit the LCCC stage in January 2012. It’s been 18 months since she last performed on the LCCC stage, but she’s been busy. In December 2012, Black stole the holiday show at Theatre West as the titular grandma in “Nana’s Naughty Knickers,” and just past this summer, grabbed more than her share of laughs in the TW production of “The Fox on the Fairway.”
Black is the former president of the LCCC, and continues to serve on the board as well as in the center’s Visitor Information Center. In March, the other board members dedicated one of the center’s meeting rooms (formerly called the White Room, just off the stage) in honor of Black’s many years of service. It is now called the Elizabethan Room.
Saturday, Nov. 23 will see the premier of “My Life as a Lemon Lady.” In it, Black relates her own life experiences, and those she has liberated from the rest of her family.
“Because my stories are intensely personal and involve members of my huge family, I deliberately avoided informing my sisters and brother, and my numerous in-laws, to ‘My Life,’” Black said. “However, word got out and they will be in the audience, in force.”
The doors at the LCCC, 540 NE Hwy. 101 in Lincoln City, will open at 6:30 p.m. There will be a no-host beer and wine bar, and a concession stand with sodas and snacks including lemon bars. To reserve your tickets call 541-994-9994 or drop by the center, open 10 am to 4 pm every day except Tuesday.