AU Theatre season opens Thursday with Old West melodrama “Deadwood Dick or the Game of Gold”

AUBURN – The Auburn University Theatre season will open with a performance of “Deadwood Dick or the Game of Gold, ” a melodrama set in the Old West, at the Telfair Peet Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m.

In 1876, Edward L. Wheeler began writing “dime novels” about a Robin Hood-like character of the Black Hills named Deadwood Dick, a series that proved so popular it continued for 15 years. From these novels, playwright Tom Taggart selected some of the most exciting situations, colorful characters and amusing dialogue and fashioned “Deadwood Dick or the Game of Gold,” complete with stolen gold mines, kidnapped heroines and hairbreadth escapes.

AU Theatre Chair Dan LaRocque said that this tale of the Old West, featuring big-hearted heroes, pure-hearted maidens and black-hearted villains, is a great opportunity to start the season off with something that’s just flat out fun.

The cast includes AU students and, in special appearances, AU Theatre Professor Adrienne Wilson as Piano Annie and AU Philosophy Professor Kelly Jolley as Sheriff Loveless. Wilson is also the production choreographer.

The play runs Sept. 27-30 and Oct. 2-5, with all performances at 7:30 p.m. except for the Sunday, Sept. 30, matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. For tickets call (334) 844-4154. Admission is free for AU students with valid ID. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for senior citizens and AU faculty and staff. Season subscriptions are $50.

Dean of the College of Liberal Arts Anne-Katrin Gramberg will host an opening night celebration of the new season, Thursday, Sept. 27, at 6 p.m., with a reception in the lobby of the theatre featuring an appearance by a special guest, Auburn University Trustee Jimmy Rane as Yella Fella.

Contact: Linda Bell, (334) 844-6617 (, or
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