The Pathetic Life and Remarkable Afterlife of Elmer McCurdy, the Worst Robber in the West

Written by: 
Josh Cragun
Directed by: 
Liz Neerland
Saturday, May 4, 2019 to Sunday, May 19, 2019
BORN 1880. DIED 1911. BURIED…1970…

From his humble beginnings to his improbable end, Elmer McCurdy’s mortal coil did a lot of shufflin’. He pulled on his boots, saddled up his horse, and proceeded to take a long, tragic stumble on the wrong side of the law. From the minute he plopped a ten-dollar Stetson on a five-cent head, it was destined to end with a sharp case of lead poisoning. But for Elmer, dying with his boots on was just the beginning.

If you’re looking for a typical Wild West showdown, well, there you ain’t. If you’re looking for a history lesson, there you ain’t neither.

But head on down to the nimbus spread and we’ll yarn you a yarn of how Grits Crabcake, Li’l Britches, and the most cow-handed, sidewindin’, four flushin’, lowdown, fiddleheaded, green horned, flat-out worst bandit ever came to ruination. And how Elmer done got hisself kilt.

And then, what happened next.


Featuring Derek Dirlam, Song Kim, Sam Landman, Laura Mason, Lily Noonan, and Boo Segersin

Design by Ursula K. Bowden, Jacob M. Davis, Mitchell Frazier, Rubble&Ash, and Sarah Salisbury

Stage Managed by Alyssa Thompson

Dramaturgy by Alex Meyer, Production Management Monique Lindquist

Photos by Emmet Kowler, Copy by Garry Geiken

Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 08:00Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 03:00Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 07:30Friday, May 10, 2019 - 08:00Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 08:00Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 03:00Monday, May 13, 2019 - 07:30Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 07:30Friday, May 17, 2019 - 08:00Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 08:00Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 03:00