Two Chairs presents tale of 1937 murder in GJ’s Barbary Coast District

The 1937 murder of a woman in Grand Junction’s notorious Barbary Coast District is the inspiration for a new play and a staged reading in the KAFM Radio Room.

The play, “The Apron String Murder” by Joseph Wilcox of Two Chairs Theater, was adapted from the novel “Stained Glass Rose” by local author D. A. Brockett.

“This coming of age tale follows Rose Padrini, the daughter of an abusive Italian immigrant, and Marietta Morris, a brash and colorful woman who inadvertently brings Rose into the fringes of the dangerous world of prostitution, white slavery and murder,” according to a news release.

The staged reading will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the Radio Room, 1310 Ute Ave. It will feature 12 actors playing 18 characters. It is not a full production of the play. A question and answer session with Wilcox and Brockett will follow the reading.

The reading is part of KAFMs Lifelong Learning Series and reservations for the event can be made online at or call by calling 241-8801, ext. 223.

The reading is free, but a donation of $5 is suggested.


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