Rubicon Theatre Company presents the American Premiere of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, written by Jethro Compton and directed by Jenny Sullivan. The time is 1890; the place, the Wild West. Ransome Foster, a scholar from the East in search of adventure, is beaten and left for dead on the outskirts of town. He is rescued by a grizzled gunslinger and taken to Two Trees (not our Two Trees), where he falls for a local girl. Will her love be enough to save him when Liberty Valance comes to town?
Based on the short story that inspired the John Ford film,. Rubicon Theatre Company’s 2015-2016 Season continues with the American premiere of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Adapted from the short story by Dorothy M. Johnson that also inspired the legendary John Ford 1962 film, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a classic tale of love, honor, ambition and revenge set against the backdrop of the American West. This classic tale will leave you breathless as it draws to its compelling conclusion.
Says Rubicon Producing Artistic Director Karyl Lynn Burns, “We are thrilled to present the first production anywhere in the U.S. of this consummately Western story, for which we owe a great debt to Steven Schipper and the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and to Samuel French. It is perfect to produce the premiere in Ventura, which is also known as Two Trees (the name of the town in the story).”
Among the cast are Venturan’s Gregory Harrison, Joseph Fuqua and Dillion Francis.
Previews: Wednesday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m. ($25), Thursday, March 3 at 8:00 p.m. and Friday, March 5 at 8:00 p.m. ($30)
Opening Night: Saturday, March 5 at 8:00 p.m.
Closes: Sunday, March 20
Regular performance times and prices:
Wednesdays at 2 p.m. ($44) and 7 p.m. ($49) (Talkbacks following Wednesday evening shows except during previews)
Thursdays at 8 p.m. ($44)
Fridays at 8 p.m. ($44)
Saturdays at 2 p.m. ($54) and 8 p.m. ($54)
Sundays at 2 p.m. ($54)