WHAT IS 'I MARRIED WYATT EARP'? It's time to set the record straight. Young Josie Marcus is nothing like the girls back home. Passionate and fearless, she leaves behind her upper-class Jewish family for the adventure of Tombstone, Arizona—home of legendary lawman Wyatt Earp, and site of the infamous Shootout at the O.K. Corral. Decades later, Josie must finally come to terms with the 30-second gunfight that led her to a lifetime of regret. Weaving together 1944 Hollywood and the mythic Wild West, I MARRIED WYATT EARP sheds new light on one of history’s most fictionalized moments. Eleven gutsy women give voice to the untold story of the American frontier in this compelling new musical.
ABOUT NEW YORK THEATRE BARN & THE PRODUCTION New York Theatre Barn is about to embark on its largest feat yet – the company has partnered with Prospect Theater Company (now in its 11th season) to produce a production of the new musical I MARRIED WYATT EARP, written by Michele Brourman (Dangerous Beauty), Sheilah Rae (Funny, You Don't Look Like A Grandmother) & Thomas Edward West (Enchanted Cottage). The production will open this spring with direction by Cara Reichel (Artistic Director, Prospect Theater Company) and choreography by Joe Barros (Artistic Director, New York Theatre Barn). The production will run from May 20, 2011—June 12, 2011 at 59E59 Theaters in New York City. Prospect is also a non-profit theatre company with a mission to connect communities of artists and audiences to each other and to theatrical history by re-interpreting classic plays and musicals, and to use these connections to collaboratively create new works. Prospect strives to connect theater’s present to its past—in order to build its future. New York Theatre Barn is thrilled about the collaboration with Prospect and couldn’t imagine a better fit as the company takes a giant leap forward.
Since its inception, New York Theatre Barn has been instrumental in the development of the new musical I MARRIED WYATT EARP. New York Theatre Barn’s artistic director, Joe Barros, first saw the musical while a student at The Hartt School of Music and was heavily inspired and moved by the experience. The need to produce and expose vital new work such as I MARRIED WYATT EARP planted the seed to create a company to harbor and nurture these new shows. Shortly after the company launched in 2007, New York Theatre Barn produced a reading of I MARRIED WYATT EARP with direction by Tony-nominee Graciela Daniele (Ragtime, Once on this Island) and featuring Tovah Feldshuh (Golda’s Balcony, Irena’s Vow), Cass Morgan (Memphis), Montego Glover (Memphis), Ann Crumb (Aspects of Love, Anna Karenina), Marla Schaffel (Jane Eyre) and more.
I MARRIED WYATT EARP is a new all-female musical about Josie Marcus Earp, the third wife of legendary frontier lawman Wyatt Earp. The story of Wyatt Earp, his brothers, and Doc Holliday has become American legend. The political and socio-economic events which led up to the Shootout at the OK Corral have been dramatized in over 54 movies and 13 television shows, but the story of the unconquerable, gutsy women in Tombstone who loved and lived with these lawmen and outlaws has never been told. This show is an attempt to recreate their untold story. Telling this story from the women’s perspective also sheds new light on the contribution of women to the development of the American West, a story that is rarely ever told. It is also a look back at a period in history where myth obscured truth, and continues to persist as myth.
The money from this Kickstarter campaign will be put toward New York Theatre Barn’s contribution to the collaboration of this production. Donations will assist the company with salaries, theatre rental, rehearsal space rental, set construction, props, costumes, and much more.
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