The Players and the Play: In a benefit performance for the Cripple Creek District Museum, Wyatt and Terry Earp of Phoenix will be presenting their two-person play, “Mr. & Mrs. Wyatt Earp: The Sunset Years” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, in Cripple Creek. The Old West gambler and lawman, Wyatt Earp, and his third wife—born Josephine Sarah “Sadie” Marcus—are portrayed near the end of their lives, each recounting independently the blessings and curses of their 47 years together, living on the risky edge of the American frontier in Kansas, Colorado, Arizona, California and Alaska. Playwright Terry Earp, a native of Pueblo, Colo., and her husband, Wyatt, the great-grandnephew of the Tombstone, Ariz., deputy town marshal, have created and performed similar historical dramas since 1996, presenting hundreds of performances in the United States and Europe. Terry’s scripts have won ariZoni awards for theater excellence, and reviewers frequently note the striking resemblance between Wyatt, a retired insurance agent, and his famous namesake. Severely injured when struck by a car while bicycling in 2006, Terry Earp now uses a wheelchair onstage.
The Gold Bar Room Theater: The intimate sharing between the characters and the audience finds an appropriate setting in the revitalized Gold Bar Room Theater at the Imperial Hotel, 123 N. Third St. in Cripple Creek. Once the site of Wayne and Dorothy Mackin’s 1948 revival of theater in the gold-mining district through the return of old-time melodrama, the Gold Bar now hosts a busy lineup of acts, with full details posted at its website, GoldBarTheater.com. The 150-seat theater offers an open bar for the show, which runs about 90 minutes and includes one intermission and a time to meet and greet the players afterward.
Purchase Tickets from the Museum: Order tickets in advance for $15 each by phoning the Cripple Creek District Museum at (719) 689-9540 and paying with your credit or debit card. Or mail your check and ticket order to the museum at CCDM – Ticket Order, PO Box 1210, Cripple Creek, CO 80813. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit museum. The Cripple Creek District Museum, founded in 1953, preserves and presents the district’s Gold Rush history in a complex that includes the 1895 Midland Terminal Railway Depot, the Colorado Trading & Transfer Co. store, an authentic Assay Office and numerous indoor and outdoor displays. The museum is open every day through mid-October.