Three years ago Mavis Gilmerson, Vivian Snustad, and Karin and Signe Engelson emerged from the church basement and onto the stage. They, and Pastor E.L. Gunderson, are the characters of Church Basement Ladies, the musical comedy that has since played for capacity crowds at the Plymouth [Minn.] Playhouse.
|Janet Letnes Martin (left) and Suzann Nelson have written nine books together based on growing up in the 1950s in Midwest Norwegian Lutheran congregations. Their memories have morphed into the play Church Basement Ladiesnow on national tour. They say they’ll keep working until their daughters say, “Enough’s enough, then” and put them in a home.|
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