The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

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$15 – $25

"A Classic Tale of Law and Order Versus Intimidation and Violence in the Old West”

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When Ransome Foster, a scholar from New York City, first came to the town of Twotrees he arrived bloody and beaten. Yet after a quick recovery and a promise to a young woman to help her learn to read, Foster begins to change the small town he starts to call home with love & education.

This catches the attention of Liberty Valance, an outlaw who seeks to restore his view of ”the norms of society” through terror & bloodshed. Suddenly, Foster finds himself on a collision course with the experienced gunman forcing him to make a choice: to run or to stand up for what he believes in, to live or to fight for what is right…

Please join Onomatopoeia for this classic tale of good versus evil, of law & order versus intimidation & violence, of one man versus Liberty Valance.

July 8 – July 30

at The Gene Frankel Theatre

24 Bond St. Manhattan, New York 10012

​Most people do not think of a theatrical production when they think of a “Western”, they think of film. Movies such as “The Searchers”, “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”, or even “Blazing Saddles”. For many the “Western” is a genre best known through the numerous films created in the golden age of Hollywood.

This is part of what makes Jethro Compton’s stage adaptation of “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” so wonderful. The story of “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” is probably best known from the 1962 film by John Ford, starring John Wayne, James Stewart, Lee Marvin and Vera Miles. The film is considered a timeless classic, but, like many films, it does not entirely follow the original story by Dorothy M. Johnson. Playwright Jethro Compton has smartly based his theatrical production on her original story, allowing him to put a fresh coat of paint on this classic fable, dealing with timeless issues such as racism, guns, and violence in America. This enables the theatrical production to truly become something special: a live action “Western” that honors the classic film, speaks to modern issues and touches upon universal themes, such as love and forgiveness.

Though the play is consummately American, it was given its world premiere at London’s Park Theatre in May of 2014. This was followed by its American premiere at the Rubicon Theatre in Los Angeles in March of 2016. Now The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company is proud to be presenting the New York City premiere of “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” this July at the Gene Frankel Theatre.

Performance Schedule

July 8 (Fri.) @ 8:00 PM PRESS PERFORMANCE

July 9 (Sat.) @ 8:00 PM PRESS PERFORMANCE

July 10 (Sun.) @ 3:00 PM OPENING PERFORMANCE

July 14 (Thu.) @ 8:00 PM

July 15 (Fri.) @ 8:00 PM

July 16 (Sat.) @ 8:00 PM

July 17 (Sun.) @ 3:00 PM

July. 20 (Wed.) @ 8:00 PM

July 21 (Thu.) @ 8:00 PM

July 22 (Fri.) @ 8:00 PM

July 23 (Sat.) @ 8:00 PM

July 24 (Sun.) @ 5:00 PM

July 27 (Wed.) @ 8:00 PM

July 28 (Thu.) @ 8:00 PM

July 29 (Fri.) @ 8:00 PM

July 30 (Sat.) @ 8:00 PM CLOSING PERFORMANCE

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Cast

Leighton Samuels* - RANSOME FOSTER

Stephanie Craven – HALLIE JACKSON

Samuel Shurtleff* - BERT BARRICUNE

Daniel Kornegay - JIM “THE REVEREND” MOSTEN

Derek Jack Chariton* - LIBERTY VALANCE

Scott Zimmerman*-MARSHALL JOHNSON / UNDERSTUDY FOR BERT BARRICUNE

Jeff Brackett - JAKE DOWITT / UNDERSTUDY FOR LIBERTY VALANCE

Ben-David Carlson* - DEPUTY, THE GANG, MOURNERS, STUDENTS / UNDERSTUDY FOR RANSOME FOSTER

Chandler Robyn - MOURNERS, STUDENTS / UNDERSTUDY FOR HALLIE JACKSON

* Appearing Courtesy of Actors Equity Association. An Equity Approved Showcase

Crew

Thomas R. Gordon – DIRECTOR

Chandler Robyn – ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Elizabeth O’Keith – STAGE MANAGER & PROP MASTER

Susan Yanofsky - COSTUME DESIGNER

Nino Amari – SET DESIGNER

Reid Sullivan – LIGHTING DESIGNER

Julia Brunner – ANIMATION / PROJECTION

Jay Cruz – GRAPHIC DESIGN / SOCIAL MEDIA

Richard Kornberg - PRESS CONTACT

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance poster credits

Original Art: "Cactus Flowers" by Anna Elizabeth

Graphic Design: Jay Cruz​

“The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

www.concordtheatricals.com

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