Monday, July 17, 2006

Saving The Playhouse

We recently recieved an email from Vicki Garnick (of the Garnicks who run the Jackson Hole Playhouse). They are encouraging those who appreciate horse opera, to contact the investors who are on the verge of turning the historic venue into another Ripley's, believe it or not.
They are asking that we send a message to Front Street Productions, in care of Dom, Jeff, and Cutter. They are asking us to phone (307) 690-4857 or send an email to
The message:
"...the Jackson Hole Playhouse has established itself as a historic family theater for the past 28 years...we ask you to withdraw your offer of sale...decades of work invested to promote fine, family entertainment...we are devoted to the longevity of this special building and keeping it a part of Jackson's history...we want the Jackson Hole Playhouse to continue it's fine tradition of entertainment."
Well, it's not Dirty Jack's. In the summer of '76, I remember the Playhouse as "Brand X" in that friendly, but competitive relationship between the two groups of cast and crew and musicians. (Dirty Jack's band had no competition--no one could touch us--and that was a matter of pride for Jon Stainbrook). Years ago, after Dirty Jack's closed, I found some Web information that the Playhouse was using the stage script for Paint Your Wagon that Jon and Kathy had adapted. And I recently ran across a tourist travelogue photo of a couple of the Playhouse's cast members in Paint Your Wagon. The lead had borrowed Jon Stainbrook's costume down to the buttons.
So the Playhouse is part of the legacy. I'm sure the Garnick's would appreciate us weighing in.