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…

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…

The Greatest Lesson in History Retold

A wise man once said that he who fails to remember history is deemed to repeat it… And that’s the core message in Bluff City Theater’s final play in a 2018 Season dedicated to the theme of Faith.  The Cotton Patch Gospel by Tom Key and Russell Treyz, with music by Harry Chapin, is based on the book The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John by Clarence Jordan.  A modern-day retelling of the life of Jesus, the story set in rural Georgia portrays the governor of the state as Herod.  To understand why Jordan felt he needed to update…

Welcome Back to the Raft, Tom and Huck!

  At the end of his classic novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain wrote: So endeth this chronicle. It being strictly a history of a BOY, it must stop here; the story could not go much further without becoming the history of a MAN. When one writes a novel about grown people, he knows exactly where to stop — that is, with a marriage; but when he writes of juveniles, he must stop where he best can.  Someday it may seem worthwhile to take up the story of the younger ones again and see what sort of men…

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