By Any Other Name, stage play (and novella) written by Cheryl Fehrmann Okimoto, directed by Kaye West, will be held at the Owensville Community Theatre, N. First Street, Owensville on October 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. and October 13 at 4 p.m.
They say that “close” only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, but it also counts in historical fiction, especially when it includes the aforementioned horseshoes! In the rich and colorful history of Owensville, Missouri, one of the most interesting events is how the tiny settlement at the junction of Iron Road and Springfield Road got its name.
It’s a well-known fact that in 1847 the mercantile owner Frank Owen and the blacksmith Edward Luster had a horseshoe match for the naming rights. Only a few other details have been preserved, and while they are interesting, they aren’t necessarily entertaining! Since historical fiction needs to be entertaining, let’s stick close to the basic facts, but tweak a few others, and imagine the possibilities!
That gives us By Any Other Name, a fictional account of the naming of Owensville. We still have the horseshoe match and the men who challenge each other. But now there’s also a battle for a young girl’s hand in marriage, plots, counterplots and plenty of characters who aren’t necessarily what they first appear to be! Come and see what adventures will arise on the road to the birth of “Owensville”! Bring your imagination and enjoy By Any Other Name, an original production written by author Cheryl Fehrmann Okimoto.
Cheryl was born and raised in Kirkwood but moved to Bay when she was ten. She is a 1980 Hermann graduate. During fifteen years with the Army, both as an active duty soldier and as a military spouse, Cheryl lived in various places, including Germany, Kansas and New York.
Her military affiliation was interrupted for a few years during which she obtained a B.A. in History from Lincoln University in Jefferson City. A couple years after her discharge in 2000, she moved to Paradise, a.k.a. Hawaii, where she met and married Paul Okimoto.
In November 2011, Paul retired and they moved to Missouri, which Paul claims is also Paradise! They now live in Owensville, and are active members of the community.