The central character is Etta Place, "once a schoolteacher, later a bandit, always a friend of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." The play is set in a lonely mountain cabin in Utah. The other characters are Etta's cousin Clara, a hard-crusted pioneer woman, and Florence Kilpatric, a female newspaper reporter in the days when female newspaper reporters were rare, but nevertheless highly skillful in probing into the emotional side of the news. The play rings true, as Point West Magazine pointed out, "Kelly probably knows the Southwest as well as any writer today ... His people are genuine, his ear for their conversation right on target ... He translates his subject into vivid imagery." The play was premiered, along with two other winners, in September 1979 by Stage Center in Bryan-College Station, Texas. Kelly is one of America's most prolific authors, with more than 100 plays published by all the major play publishers. Is the story in Lantern in the Wind true? Are all the tales and exploits of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid true? Who can tell for certain what is real and what is legend?
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