boots on the ground theater
boots on the ground theater was born out of a passion for storytelling, history, and the creative process. Founder Bonnie Grice developed a great love for the creative arts over the course of her 30+ years as a radio host interviewing artists of all kinds. While getting to stretch her creative muscles on air in radio and television, it was theater that has always had a special place in her heart.
After performing in numerous community theater productions in the East End of Long Island, Bonnie decided to jump into the theater world with both boots. boots on the ground theater was established in 2016 with a focus on exploring historical and contemporary stories through the unique perspective of Long Island’s East End.
boots on the ground theater has added an encore performance of The Red Badge of Courage that will be free for Veterans and their families. The additional performance will be on Sunday, November 4th, at 6:00 PM, at the Southampton Cultural Center. Veterans need to email Kirsten Lonnie at the SCC to reserve their free seats in advance.
The Red Badge of Courage
Oct. 19 - Nov. 4
Fridays & Saturdays, 7pm
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Stephen Crane’s monumental Civil War classic, The Red Badge of Courage, has been described as a “parable of the inner battle every man must fight." It centers on Henry Fleming, a young Union soldier who battles his inner demons as he runs from and eventually faces his greatest fears. Published in 1895, TRBOC is considered the first great war novel and has never gone out of print.
The cast includes Christopher Levi--an Iraq War Veteran and Wounded Warrior. Consulting on the show is another Veteran, Captain Joseph Bilardello, who served in Vietnam and is the Commander of the 67th NY Civil War Reenactors.
Historical accuracy is a high priority for producer Bonnie Grice. Great attention has been given to collecting costumes and props that are true to the period. To enhance the historical experience, an exhibition of Civil War memorabilia will be on display in the Cultural Center’s gallery. This rare collection will be curated by Stephen Gould in collaboration with the Southampton History Museum.
Tickets and showtimes for The Red Badge of Courage can be found at scc-arts.org. For more information, visit bootsonthegroundtheater.com.
General Admission: $20, Students: $10
Dinner & Theater: $65. Includes 3 course dinner, tax, gratuity and a ticket to the show. Dinner location: The Plaza Cafe (631-283-9323), located at 61 Hill St, Southampton, NY 11968. After purchasing your package, please call the restaurant to make a reservation.
Brunch & Theater: $42 for adults, $30 for students under 21. Includes brunch and a mimosa, tax, gratuity and admission to show. Brunch is at Fellingham's, 17 Cameron St., Southampton, (631-283-9417). Available on Sundays.