Neck of the Woods: July 21, 2017 Lineup

Drew Bridges PhotoDrew Bridges presents Reflections on the Nature of War and Soldiering (a monologue representation of the ghost of Ambrose Bierce, Union Soldier and American journalist and writer)

Drew Bridges is a retired psychiatrist who has restored himself to his default identity of English major. He lives in Wake Forest with his wife Lauren and teaches storytelling at the Northern Wake Senior Center.

Drew is a writer and storyteller, the author of four books, including “The Second Greatest Baseball Game Ever Played”, which is his father’s “soldier come home from war” story. His latest book, “The Family in the Mirror” was a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, fiction category. Learn more at

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Ronald Williams sings Jazz and Gospel tunes accompanied by piano

Ronald Williams is a native of Wake Forest and graduated from DuBois High School in 1959. He holds a BA Degree in Music Performance from NC Central University. Ronald was the accompanist for The Martin Luther King Jr. All Children’s Choir for seven years. He also served as the Choral Director and Pianist at three Baptist churches in North Carolina.

Ronald has had the opportunity to perform for four NC Governors – James B. Hunt, W. Kerr Scott, Terry Sanford, and Beverly Purdue. He was also invited to play for former President of the United States Bill Clinton. Ronald has been a volunteer at the Hillside Nursing Center since 1998. He enjoys sharing his musical gift with those who welcome a spiritual uplifting.

Mariya Maddux (portrait by Brigid Pierce)

Mariya Maddux (portrait by Brigid Pierce)

Mariya Dashkina Maddux performs an original dance work inspired by the music of Pink Martini and an excerpt from the opera Norma by Vincenzo Bellini.

Mariya Dashkina Maddux is a professional concert dance performer and a dance educator. A native of Kiev, Ukraine she was first introduced to dance through the classical Vaganova ballet technique. After moving to United States she studied under the direction of Ruth Weisen at the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet of Miami, FL and ultimately graduated summa cum laude with her BFA from New World School of the Arts under the directorship of Daniel Lewis.

Ms. Dashkina Maddux joined the Martha Graham Dance Company in 2007 and rose to the rank of the principal dancer, performing major roles in classical Graham repertoire along with works created by some of the most influential contemporary choreographers.

Currently she is working with Wake Forest Arts to create the inaugural Wake Forest Dance Festival.

To learn more about Mariya Dashkina Maddux, visit

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Free, Loose & Naked presents a “Close Quarters” comedy improvisation performance.

The comedy improv team Free, Loose & Naked began in July 2016 at ComedyWorx in Raleigh and has since grown to its current six members: Sam Cox, Rick Crawford, Kate Kastelberg, Gary Grrubb, Alec Rokuskie, and Wafeeq Zarif. They each have 2 to 6 years of improv experience and are coached in weekly practices by Jake Finan.

This year the team has performed at venues throughout the Triangle Area including ComedyWorx, DSI, the Loofa and Mettlesome’s The Racket. Their improvised scenes start in a location suggested by the audience. The following scenes then branch out into closely-associated places – so it is called a “Close Quarters” improv format.