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Jones Theater: ‘An Evening with Will Rogers’

The final live theater performance for the 2014 season at the Jones Theater/Westcliffe Center for Performing Arts is “An Evening with Will Rogers: The Ropin’ Fool,” a one man biographical drama written by Wyatt Earp.

Portraying William Penn Adair Rogers, an American icon whose folksy style, lasso skills, wit, political writings and commentary continue to keep his memory alive, is Tom Scott , the founder of the Camino Real Playhouse in San Juan Capistrano, California.

Those who attend the one man show are sure to meet Will Rogers the man, not the myth.

The youngest of eight children, Rogers was born Nov. 4, 1879, on the family ranch in Oklahoma.

He worked with cattle and learned to ride and lasso from a young age.

Rogers dropped out of school in the 10th grade to become a cowboy and to trek around the world performing roping feats in wild-west shows, the circus and on vaudeville.

Rogers always enjoyed talking to people and reading.

These two interests became the basis for his humor, which focused on intelligent yet amusing observations about people, life, the country and government.

Soon, audiences hankered for Will’s humor more than his roping feats.

Additionally, Rogers starred in several silent films, as well as ‘talkies.”

In 1934, he was voted the most popular male actor in Hollywood.

Rogers also wrote a number of syndicated columns and books, becoming a prominent radio broadcaster and political commentator.

Show times for “An Evening with Will Rogers: The Ropin’ Fool,” are Friday and Saturday, Sept. 5 and 6, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance online at www.jonestheater.com and at Candy’s Coffee located at 106 South Second Street in Westcliffe.

Call the theater at 783-3004 for more information.

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