“This was, of course, a fantastic story, ripe with all the things a playwright craves — danger, conflict, urgency, good guys and bad guys, gun battles, a ticking clock, and a resourceful villain who always found a way to evade capture. I was excited by the opportunity to tell this story, and particularly, to get to tell it on the very piece of property where it happened!” – Keri Healey
Mary Olson Farm
September 29th and 30th, October 6th and 7th, 1pm-4pm
Relive the days of the old West outlaws with “Gentleman Desperado” a new interactive theater experience by Keri Healey.
Harry Tracy held the Olson-Johnson family captive at Mary Olson Farm in 1902 following his escape from the Oregon Penitentiary. Dubbed “the last horseback outlaw,” Tracy later shot himself to avoid capture.
Healey’s project takes us back to 1902 and places the audience in the hostage crisis. The experience takes place in vignettes throughout the Farm, allowing guests to flow at their own pace; listening, watching and interacting with all the outlaw action. Healey’s hope is that, ”whenever people who come see this show drive past the Mary Olson Farm from now on, they’ll remember the people who once lived here and survived an amazing chapter of history.”
Performances run September 29-30th and October 6-7th, 1pm-4pm. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children under 12 and Seniors, and are available at the door or at wrvmuseum.org/outlaw_days.html.
Gentleman Desperado is presented by 4Culture Site-Specific in partnership with the White River Valley Museum.
Other Site-Specific Projects
CoCA, Rootbound: Heaven and Earth IV, Carkeek Park, through October 31st
David Wu, Mural at Villa Apartments, Pine and Boren, Seattle