Aliens and Scoundrels-comedy-

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, April 1987,
April 1987
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FROM THE PLAY-

“I am the hunter and Lucas the fox, yet he chases me.”–Stevens T. (Tom) Mason, Michigan “I love canals–the digging, water, horses–the tolls.”–Robert Lucas, Ohio Governor “We are fast approaching A HORRID BORDER WAR!”–Major Benjamin Franklin Stickney, Toledo

“If you want to be Governor…settle the boundary, get rid of the Indians, and come into the Union with a slave state….”—Andrew Jackson, President, to Mason

SHHHhhh…it's scandal!

…it's intrigue!

…it's comedy!

…IT's HISTORY!

Can Tom, 19, rash would-be Governor, outsmart seasoned politicians? Ohio's Governor Lucas would rewrite history to feed his own ambition. Land speculator Stickney would redraw a boundary to promote his greedy dream. Andy Jackson and Lewis Cass would entertain the Indians. HORRENDOUS plot! Mason vs. Stickney and Lucas Detroit–Capitol of Michigan US Treasury with surplus Ohio/Michigan war on the boundary

A SESQUICENTENNIAL TREAT….

Directed by Ala Faik, Ph.D., Theatre, University of Michigan

Scenic Design-Alan Billings, Head, Scenic Design, Theatre Dept., University of Michigan Costume Design-Kharia Al-Attar, M.A., Theatre, Costume, University of Michigan Lighting Design-Douglas Mueller, M.F.A., Theatre, Lighting (May 1987), U. of Michigan

—About the Playwright—

Ellen Prosser researched in Michigan and Ohio for 3½ years before writing Aliens and Scoundrels. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Ms. Prosser has lived in Michigan since 1953 and has an M.A., Theatre, University of Michigan. Her play, She Brought Me Violets, won a John Gassner Award from the New England Theatre Conference, was produced in Ann Arbor in 1982. Ms. Prosser received a Jules and Avery Hopwood Award while attending U. of M.

ALIENS AND SCOUNDRELS-A Sesquicentennial Celebration of Michigan History

Produced by the Washtenaw County Historical Society. With support of the Michigan Council for the Arts. Co-sponsored by The University of Michigan Celebration '87 Committee with funding from the Michigan Council of the Humanities. With cooperation of Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

June 3-6, 1987 Lydia Mendeissohn Theatre, Ann Arbor