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…

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…

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There’s still time to get your tickets to “one of the great personalities in contemporary folk music”!

  As part of our mission to bring world-class talent to Hannibal, Bluff City Theater is proud to present the incomparable Tom Chapin in an intimate show at Roland Performing Arts Center at HLGU.  “An Evening with Tom Chapin” takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 9th. The brother of the late, great Harry Chapin, Tom has had a storied career as a musician, songwriter, recording artist, tv star and actor on Broadway and in film.  In this intimate performance, he’ll share his personal stories from five decades of performing interspersed with original music, classic folk favorites and selections…

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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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Still haven’t ordered you 2019 Subscription Yet?

  There’s still time to lock in savings before the New Year! With two World-Premiere original productions, one World-Premiere of a new script adaptation and an evening with one of America’s greatest living folk artists, we’ve packed a lot of experiences into our 2019 Season.  Our fifth season is our biggest and best ever as we celebrate Hannibal’s Bicentennial with our season theme of The American Experience.   Starting with David Stanley Ford’s engrossing two-hander The Interrogation of Nathan Hale by Captain John Montressor of HRH Expeditionary Forces we’re looking at the motivations that led a group of people to rebel…

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…

Trees Die Standing Tall Opens This Week!

Alejandro Casona’s long and storied career as one of Spain’s great literary personalities in the 20th century may have made him a household name in both his native country and his adopted country of Argentina, but he is a relative unknown in the English-speaking world.  That’s why we’re so excited to bring this American premiere of the English-language translation by Lia Beeson to Hannibal’s BCT stage as the fourth offering in our season devoted to the theme of Faith. The plot is deceptively simple- a young grandson is banished from his ancestral home after he is discovered stealing and he…

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