Full Length Play
Adventure, Biography, Fables/Folktales
More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - Wild West, 19th Century
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Mild Adult Themes
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Col. Jefferson Randolph Smith, known as "Soapy" to friends and foes, is a notorious con man whose reputation has, alas, preceded him to the Alaska Gold Rush town of Skagway in 1897. Still, this charming gentleman starts a protection racket that brings law and order, a church, and an infirmary to the town. Soapy, the criminal, becomes a force for moral good until the town's hypocrisy and vicious self-interest bring him down. He falls, a victim of the cardinal sin of believing in his own con.
"Michael Weller deserves praise for a historical play with contemporary relevance, daring to accost a large canvas. The protagonist is a complex and absorbing creation. I left the theatre, for once, thinking rather than trying to forget." - New York Magazine
"A rousing epic." - The Associated Press
The Ballad of Soapy Smith was first presented at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, in Seattle, Washington, in 1983. The production was directed by Robert Egan.