Friday Jun 28, 2013
A set of historical (and sometimes hysterical) one-acts spotlighting the infamous Wild Bill Hickock and Calamity Jane by Brad Gromelski.
Wild Bill Meets the Writers: Novelists, magazine writers and journalists converge on Deadwood upon hearing that Wild Bill Hickok is in town, hoping to prod him with questions and perpetuate his legend. Wild Bill consents to an interview with them collectively, and announces that he has retired from being a peace officer. He plans to win a fortune at the poker tables so that he can soon return to his new wife and begin a new life. He is unaware that he will be assassinated later in the afternoon. Performed by James Martel; Directed by Leslie Joy Coleman.
Calamity Jane Talks to Tourists: Calamity Jane visits the grave of Wild Bill Hickok on the 25th Anniversary of his death. The cemetery is crowded with tourists. She tells them stories of his life and spins her own fiction, as well. It is a story of love, of Jane for Wild Bill and of Jane for herself. Performed by Leslie Joy Coleman; Directed by James Martel.
Playwright Brad Gromelski has won several awards as a director for stage and video. His publishers include Samuel French, Inc, and Brooklyn Publishers. He has worked as a set and lighting designer, off-Broadway producer, theatre reviewer for print and radio, and actor/singer. He received his B.A. from Clark University, his M.A. in Directing from the professional School of Drama at the University of Washington, and did doctoral studies in the Ph.D. Program in Theatre at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, Manhattan. An Associate Professor Emeritus, he is a faculty member at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY, in Theatre Arts. He has finished two novels and is working on a third, for a series of three mixed genre mysteries.