Lawrence Station
Wright Family Foundation Green Lane Trust Township of Southwold Ontario Arts Council

Lawrence Station Location

On October 30, 1941, American Airlines 1/AM7 was enroute from NYC to Chicago. During the leg from Buffalo to Detroit, it crashed in a farmer's field in Lawrence Station, ON, 20 km South of London.

This new play is about the life stories that were instantly altered by the final flight of the Flagship Erie and the loss of 17 passengers and 3 crew members.

Thank You
Southwold History Committee members, Ross Burger and Len Lynch, Township of Southwold Council members, Sarah Emons and Justin Pennings, and the township staff, and Ken Howe.

Shedden Tickets
Southwold Keystone
35921 Talbot Line

Apr 14 - 7pm
April 15 - 2pm
All Performances Sold Out
April 15 - 7pm

In Person Tickets:
Township Office
35663 Fingal Line, Fingal
Strathroy Tickets
Gemini Sportsplex
667 Adair Blvd

Apr. 22 @ 2pm
Apr. 22 @ 7pm

Strathroy Tickets
Manor Park Memorial Hall
11 Briscoe Street West

April 28 - 7:30pm
April 29 - 2:00pm

AA Flagship Erie



Eve Cohen Eve Cohen (Actor)
Eve is delighted to be part of the premiere cast for Lawrence Station. A newcomer to Canada, Eve studied theatre at the Beverly Hills Playhouse in Los Angeles. Recent plays include The Dining Room (Theatre Woodstock), Four Weddings and an Elvis (ITOPA), and Human Voices Wake Us (TAP Centre for Creativity). Favourite roles in the US include Gwendolyn Pigeon in The Odd Couple (Parker Arts, Denver), Pam in The Full Monty (Sasquatch Productions, Denver), and Nancy in The Goodbye People (Vintage Theatre, Denver).
Sarah Hagarty Sarah Hagarty (Actor)
Sarah is thrilled to be in the premiere production of Lawrence Station. A graduate of the University of Windsor's BFA Acting program, Sarah focuses her artistic practice on the intersection of classical theatre with the contemporary Canadian theatre landscape. Previous work includes Taylor in It Happened During the Quarantine (Third Wheel Theatre), Mrs. Cassilis in The Cassilis Engagement (University Players), and Desdemona in Othello (University Players).
Kydra Ryan Kydra Ryan (Actor)
Kydra Ryan is the Associate Producer and ensemble member of AlvegoRoot Theatre. Her recent AlvegoRoot credits include Her in february: a love story, Hilda La Selva in Gyroscope, Sylvia Slate in Slate Sisters, Co-Playwright/Marie in Sweet Marie, and Playwright/Director of Of Gods and Machines. Her recent Doors Open credits include Director/Playwright of Reimagining London and Co-Writer/Mildred Peel in Miles of Life. She was the Assistant Director for Six Characters in Search of an Author, Timon of Athens, and Don Juan at Fanshawe College. She also writes and performs sketch comedy for episodes of AlvegoRoot's The Manor Park Evening Post
Adam Corrigan Holowitz Adam Corrigan Holowitz (Director, Dramaturg)
Adam Corrigan Holowitz works as a dramaturg, director and playwright. Adam is the Founding Artistic Director of AlvegoRoot Theatre Company, which marks its 15th Season in 2023. AlvegoRoot is a theatre dedicated to the development and performance of plays by London and Southwestern Ontario playwrights. Recent productions Adam has directed for AlvegoRoot include: Gyroscope by James Reaney, Slate Sisters (playwright), Harvest by Ken Cameron, The Wind in the Willows (playwright) and The Boy with an R in His Hand (playwright). Adam performed and co-wrote Sweet Marie with Kydra Ryan. Adam holds a BA Honours from York University where he studied Dramaturgy. He is the recipient of The Iris Turcott Memorial Award for dramaturgy from York University.
Len Cuthbert Len Cuthbert (Playwright)
Len is the founding director of Fridge Door Live Theatre Company. His plays have been produced in Canada, US and Europe. During the pandemic, he created Garage Theatre Canada in his garage and hired actors to stage nine of his short plays for stream-on-demand. Those recordings also appeared in the 2021 and 2022 FringeNorth digital festival. His most recent script, 107, was produced at the 2021 London Fringe Festival, 2022 Toronto Fringe Festival and 2022 Newmarket International One Act Festival, and will be published by Original Works Publishing in 2023. His collection of short plays about reunions, Reunited Shorts, was published by Dramatic Publishing in 2020.
Len Cuthbert's scripts are taut and clever. (London Free Press)


"How clever and brilliant Len's script is. Maximizing space and personnel and overlapping dialogue just to begin. How he handled such a solemn theme with the utmost sensitivities while making it human and incorporating dashes of humor, which would have no doubt been very much a part of some of the real life personalities. And the script, as good as it was, was delivered by a stellar company of actors and we don't believe they could have showcased this story any better!" (Family of author of Final Descent: The Loss of the Flagship Erie)

Well done performance. Brought home the impact and relevance of this tragic event in a realistic and passionate recollection. The versatility of the performers gave the feature contemporary accounting, imaginative interpretation of personal exposure to the event and resourceful use of simple stating. LH

We loved this play!! The actors were amazing and touched our hearts with their respect and compassion for the victims and families of those who were killed in the crash. AB

I have just seen your play Lawrence Station. BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO! I was overwhelmed by your insight into this tragedy. You have captured the emotional element and brought to life these peopole who were unknown characters of a little talked about, little known about, local history. I left your production rethinking everything I had ever heard about the Lawrence Station crash. Please relay my congratulations to your actors. They did an amazing job bringing life to history. Thank you. PM

Amazing! Theatre at its best. Congratulations on an amazing performance. I was so very impressed with the story of a very sad event and the performances were so well done that it made me cry. Thank you to everyone involved for bringing this historical event to life. JD

The three actresses did an amazing job! Very entertaining. RL

The play was very interesting turning a tragedy into a very captivating story by loking at the people behind the scnes. The ending (letter from Hawaii nurse) was inspiring. The actors were phenomenal. BA

Great performance. Appreciate a production of local history. ML

What a sensitive and accurate presentation. Thank you for a wonderful dramatization. DD

A spectacular performance by a talented team..the history of this disaster was well portrayed and paid tribute to those whose lives were lost. I am so glad I saw this! DM

Excellent performance by all! Enjoyed the moments of humor interlaced with the solemn reflection of the tragedy. The actresses were amazing. The sound quality was amazing and it was a very touching performance. I'm glad I had some tissues on hand. RH

Great cast, well written and directed. Really highlighted the personal, human aspect of a sad story and brought it to the forefront. BC

There are not words for how wonderful your production was. Omg ... at some points it brought tears to my was such an emotional ride. Thank you for what you do. Everyone that I have talked to that have seen it are still on a high. Cant wait to see your next one. CM

The show was absolutely fabulous!! So great they held this high caliber production locally!!! IH

Such a fantastic performance. It really draws out the emotion of the audience. I've been recommending it to several people. Any chance of adding some more performances? Bravo!!! EBC

I was able to see the play in Shedden. This is a must see if you are available for their final showing. Well done Fridge Door Live Theatre Company. ED

Loved this performance!!❤️ CO

Wow, wow, and wow! The writing of your play was so fantastic. It drew me in, and I could connect so deeply with the characters. It was very moving. The set was fantastic so that the actors could seamlessly move between characters, and they did so very skilfully, including with accents. Please relay to them my admiration for their skill, and what a beautiful performance they gave tonight. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! MP

We were really impacted by the performance tonight. We talked the whole way back home about the story you wrote and how your careful and creative choices brought to life an important slice of our local history that no one knew about before. We also marveled at the ability of the actors to commit such an extensive and varied script to memory and change back and forth between so many characters. Also, we cried...multiple times. :) Thank you for all the hard work you put into telling this story. I hope that many more people in our area...and beyond...get to enjoy. TS

The play was exceptionally good --- a compelling story that engaged the audience from beginning to end. The cast was stellar. My wife and I really enjoyed it and we appreciate Len Cuthbert's decision to bring an important story to life with this creatively written and staged play. Thank you to Len and everyone involved in making the play possible. GM - Canadian Aviation Historical Society VP

Len Cuthbert did fine work in contextualizing the episode; I especially liked his choices of foreshodwed Hawaii, Reade/Churchill, the baseball world series, "Nabob" (the antidote to a boring night at RRSO/Strathburn -- does it still exist?) and even a space station flying (successfully !!) overhead as bracketing devices. His extended treatment of Mary Blackley and her family and his deft use of the Detroit Airport people (and even my Aunt Frances) and the Georges certainly helped the audience members' imaginations extend outward the sense of grief of not only other crash families (thanks to Len for naming each person lost) but the contemporary grieving of millions in England, France -- and, yes, Germany -- and , after December 7 (for four long years), the world over (including some of your audience members' families). Excerpt from a letter from David Cooper, son of Captain David Cooper of AA1 Flagship Erie

Canadian Aviation Historical Society Newsletter Article