The latest installment in Alex Bledsoeâ€™s critically-acclaimed Tufa series thatÂ Kirkus Reviews calls â€śpowerful, character-driven dramaâ€¦a sheer delightâ€ť (starred review). Read by Stefan Rudnicki.
The latest installment in Alex Bledsoeâ€™s critically-acclaimed Tufa series thatÂ Kirkus ReviewsÂ calls â€śpowerful, character-driven dramaâ€¦a sheer delight.â€ť (starred review)
When Matt Johansson, a young New York actor, auditions for â€śChapel of Ease,â€ť an off-Broadway musical, he is instantly charmed by Ray Parrish, the showâ€™s writer and composer. They soon become friends; Matt learns that Rayâ€™s people call themselves the Tufa and that the musical is based on the history of his isolated home town. But there is one question in the showâ€™s script that Ray refuses to answer: what is buried in the ruins of the chapel of ease?
As opening night approaches, strange things begin to happen. A dreadlocked girl follows Ray and spies on him. At the press preview, a strange Tufa woman warns him to stop the show. Then, as the rave reviews arrive, Ray dies in his sleep.
Matt and the cast are distraught, but thereâ€™s no question of shutting down: the run quickly sells out. They postpone opening night for a week and Matt volunteers to take Rayâ€™s ashes back to Needsville. He also hopes, while heâ€™s there, to find out more of the real story behind the play and discover the secret that Ray took to his grave.
Mattâ€™s journey into the haunting Appalachian mountains of Cloud County sets him on a dangerous path, where some secrets deserve to stay buried.