Springfield Contemporary Theatre presents the 2018 Missouri Solo Play Festival at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza (corner of Pershing & Robberson) throughout the month of January, with plays about four great women running in repertory. The first play in the festival is "Walking Toward America" by Sandra Asher, adapted from the memoirs of Ilga Vise, longtime Springfield resident (and one of the interviewers on the League of Women Voters' Monday-morning KSMU program "Making Democracy Work." Annie Meek-Montgomery, another Springfield native, plays Ilge. The play centers on the winter of 1944-45, when 10-year-old Ilga and her parents left their native Latvia to escape the Russian occupation of their city. Soon they're taken into a German forced-labor camp and, eventually, walk 500 miles across frozen, war-torn northern Germany, finding their way ultimately to a refugee camp in western Germany. Later they sailed through an Atlantic storm to safety and freedom here in America. Performances will be Friday and Saturday January 5 & 6, and Saturday Jan.13, all at 7:30pm, with Sunday 2:00pm matinees January 7 & 14. Tickets are $10-$22. A 4-show package is available for all four plays in the Missouri Solo Play Festival for $64. For tickets call 831-8001 or visit www.springfieldcontemporarytheatre.org.