Outdoor Dramas

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Montford Park Players at Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre in Asheville

One of our outdoor dramas, first staged in 1937, was honored at the 2013 Tony Awards. Another follows Daniel Boone’s frontier exploits. With subjects ranging from a crime of passion to a mutiny aboard a slave ship, our celebrated and scenic productions will engage your imagination and take you back in history.

Amistad Saga: Reflections
Raleigh
Ann Hunt-Smith, playwright; Reggie Jeffries, composer
A mutiny aboard a slave ship that marked the beginning of the end of slavery in the United States is brought to life through powerful speeches, song and dance. Amistad dramatizes the plight of the ship’s captives, from their removal out of their native land to their battle for freedom. (Editor’s note: This performance is closed for renovations in 2013.)

Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green
Wilmington
The free-to-the-public Shakespeare on the Green Festival takes the stage every summer at the renovated Greenfield Lake Amphitheater.

First for Freedom
Halifax
Max B. Williams, playwright
This drama celebrates events that led up to the signing of the Halifax Resolves April 12, 1776, the first formal declaration of independence from Great Britain by an American Colony.

From This Day Forward
Valdese
Fred Cranford, playwright
Told through music, dance and drama, From This Day Forward is the story of the Waldenses, a religious sect that arose in southeast France in the late 1100s. The story centers on their struggle to survive persecution in their homeland, and their eventual arrival in North Carolina in 1893 to establish a colony at Valdese.

Horn in the West
Boone
Kermit Hunter, playwright; Peter MacBeth, composer
Set in the southern Appalachian mountains of North Carolina during the American Revolutionary War, this drama follows frontiersman Daniel Boone and his band of mountain settlers as they struggle against the British militia.

The Lost Colony
Manteo
Paul Green, playwright
Performed in the Waterside Theatre, this symphonic drama depicts the valiant struggle of 117 men, women and children attempting to settle in the New World in 1587. They disappeared without a trace, and for more than 400 years, their story has been one of history’s greatest mysteries. This outdoor production is one of the last remaining Federal Theatre Projects. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was in the audience during a first performance in 1937, and the play helped launched the careers of many luminaries in acting and theater, including North Carolina native Andy Griffith, Louise “Nurse Ratched” Fletcher and PBS’s Carl Kasell.

The Montford Park Players
Asheville
For more than 30 years, the Players have made it their mission to make Shakespeare accessible to everyone through both their performance style and by offering shows free of charge.

Pathway to Freedom
Snow Camp
Mark R. Sumner, playwright; Ann Hunt-Smith, composer
Pathway to Freedom is the story of anti-slavery North Carolinians and freed African-Americans who helped hundreds of escaped slaves flee to the North via the Underground Railroad.

Sword of Peace
Snow Camp
William Hardy, playwright
Sword of Peace dramatizes the conflict faced by members of the North Carolina Society of Friends during the Revolutionary War, when, as peaceful Quakers, they were forced to defend their basic tenet of nonviolence.

Tom Dooley: A Wilkes County Legend
Wilkesboro
The murder of Laura Foster by Tom Dooley more than a century ago was one of the nation’s first highly publicized crimes of passion. Dooley was hanged for the crime in what is now Ferguson, but many questions were left unanswered. Scenes fill the gaps, tied together with authentic acoustic bluegrass music from the foothills.

Unto These Hills
Cherokee
Kermit Hunter, playwright; Jack F. Kilpatrick and McCrae Hardy, composers
From the arrival in the Appalachian Mountains of Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto in 1540, to the removal of the Cherokee Indians to Oklahoma along the tragic Trail of Tears, this drama paints a vivid portrait of the Eastern Band of Cherokee and their brave leaders, Junaluska, Tsali and Sequoyah.

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