Reputation! Reputation! Reputation!

                                                                                                  I have lost my reputation! Good name in woman, dear my lords and ladies, Is the immediate jewel of our souls; Who steals my purse steals trash –  In 1850, Fanny Kemble bursts into her home spouting these lines from Othello. Her former husband has launched a scurrilous public attack on…

Performances resume tomorrow-you still have time to lock in savings.

OK, you’ve been putting it off…but we are pleased to tell you that it’s not too late to buy your 2019 Season Subscription to enjoy all five remarkable plays this season for the low, low price of just $105.  That’s like getting one production for free!  But after this weekend, it’s over. Audiences have been giving Alan Knoll and Spencer Sickmann rave reviews for their portrayal of two men on opposing sides of the conflict who struggle with conscience as they debate the meaning of freedom or whether true freedom can ever even exist.  This is one of the deepest…

Today is Monday March 25th…You Have Four Chances Left!

  Last week, the curtain rose on another season at Bluff City Theater with our debut of A. S. Freeman’s powerful production of David Stanley Ford’s The Interrogation of Nathan Hale. History has a way of over-simplifying events and presenting complicated and messy affairs as summary headlines (#Nathanhalehero).  But history is never simple and the conflicting perspectives, motivations and emotions that lead up to momentous events all contribute to a messy and convoluted route to resolution.  It is that messy route that the playwright explores in his story of the final hours of 21-year-old Nathan Hale as he awaits execution…

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Are You A Fan of American History?

History buffs are going to love The Interrogation of Nathan Hale by Captain John Montresor.  Based on real-life events, David Stanley Ford’s thoughtful and intense script captures the final hours of Nathan Hale before he is executed as the first spy in the service of America.  Through the eyes of young Hale and Montresor, a career soldier in the service of King George, we explore the naive optimism of those who sought independence from what was then the richest and most powerful nation on Earth. For this performance, out theater is transformed into Montresor’s campaign tent on Manhattan Island as…

NATHAN HALE-OUR FIRST REHEARSAL!

Rehearsals started on a brand new Bluff City Theater season this past Tuesday in St. Louis.  Director A.S. (Alex) Freeman brought the creative team together for some “table work” on The Interrogation of Nathan Hale.  This is a first read-through of the script and discussion about the characters, themes and ideas the actors will be working with. Bringing a new production to the stage in just two-and-a-half weeks is an enormous challenge, but one that professional actors and directors manage to pull off for every show.  It starts with getting everyone used to the material and their co-stars, then proceeds…

Our Season Opens With a Story About The First American Hero…

The Interrogation of Nathan Hale by Captain John Montresor Of HRM Expeditionary Force This powerful story is set in the tent of Captain John Montresor, an Engineer in the British Army who carried 21-year-old Nathan Hale’s dying declaration letter to his family under a flag of truce.  Because of this, we know a lot about the young man who became the first to be executed as a spy in the service of America.  In the hours leading up to his death, Montresor interviewed Hale as a means of trying to understand the motivations of those who would seek independence from…

The Interrogation of Nathan Hale Leads Off a Stellar New Season in Hannibal!

Reprinted from Hannibal Magazine-March 2019 “I am so satisfied with the cause in which I have engaged that my only regret is that I have not more lives than one to offer in its service.” It is reportedly with these words that 21-year-old Nathan Hale went to the gallows as the first American spy to die in the service of this new country. A Captain in the Connecticut militia, Hale responded to a call from General Washington for someone to go behind enemy lines on Long Island and report on enemy plans. He was the only volunteer. Within days, he…

Listen to Mary Griffith’s Interview with Tom Chapin

  Tom Chapin was interviewed live on Tuesday by Quincy’s own Mary Griffith on WTAD 930 AM.  Listen now to find out more about Tom, his storied history and his upcoming concerts this Saturday, February 9th at HLG University in Hannibal. Tickets are still available for both the Family Concert at 1 p.m. and An Evening with Tom Chapin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at www.eventshannibal.com or call 573-719-3226.

  With 27 albums and 3 Grammys in a career that spans five decades, Tom Chapin may be the most successful children’s entertainer in America today! Families love his brand of smart, catchy and relevant songs about things that matter to kids. His music is described as “kid-friendly and adult safe” so everyone, no matter the age will enjoy the show. Check out this recording of Tom’s hit This Pretty Planet (featuring Judy Collins).  The Tom Chapin Family Concert takes place this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Roland Performing Arts Center at HLG University. Tickets are still available online at…

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There’s still time to subscribe AND get a premium ticket to An Evening With Tom Chapin

Subscribe Now and Save $52! Nathan Hale was just 21 years old when he became the first American to die as a spy. Washington’s forces had been swept off Long Island.  Desperately needing intelligence, he sought a volunteer to go behind enemy lines to report on British plans and strength.  Within a few hours, Nathan Hale had been betrayed by his own cousin, seized and sentenced to hang.  In this remarkable script, David Stanley Ford recreates the hours leading up to Hale’s execution as he is interrogated by John Montressor, a career officer in HRH expeditionary army.  Seen through the…

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