‘Waterman's Daughter’ drama with live music set Aug. 11

August 8, 2019

The Milton Theatre will pair live music and a theatrical production, both with deep roots in the Eastern Shore, at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 11.

This double bill features a one-woman musical drama about the unconventional and original Lilyan Stratton Corbin, who grew up in Crisfield, Md., during the Chesapeake Bay oyster boom in the late 1800s. She found her own life as an adventuress, author, actress and philanthropist. “The Waterman’s Daughter” follows Lilyan’s life story from running away from home in 1898 at age 16 to her success on stage and screen; from her marriage to silent film star Frank Campeau to her books “Reno,” “Homing,” “The Wife’s Lessons” and “The Feminine Philosophy.” 

Created and performed by Katrina Kadoski, the play focuses in on Lilyan's unique character and is told through the lens of her reluctant sister Rose.

Featuring seven original new songs, this inspiring story unfolds through music, archival photos, original drawings, dramatic narrative, news articles and letters from Lilyan. Katrina began researching and writing the play during her artist-in-residence stay at the Nelson Homestead in Crisfield in 2016.

The first set of the evening will feature contemporary singer/songwriters Jen and Scott Smith of Naked Blue, an award-winning Americana/pop, guitar-slinging songwriting team who are perhaps best known for their recent collaboration with bestselling author Lee Child, bringing his Jack Reacher character to life in song on the new album “Just the Clothes on My Back.” Jen grew up on the Eastern Shore in Crisfield and spent three years as a commercial crabber before moving to Baltimore and starting a career in music.

Tickets are $12 to $17.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to or call 302-684-3038.

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