New season for the general

Derek Maxfield as Gen. Grant (left) and Jess Scheuerman as George Alfred Townsend (right)

Spring is in the air! And more, the dread virus will soon be vanquished (not soon enough)! Time to begin our return to normal.

The pandemic has robbed us of many things – loved ones, friends, time. For Rudely Stamp’d, we were robbed of performances – most of which were, sadly, cancelled. Of course, no one could predict when new performances might be scheduled, but we can now see light at the end of the tunnel.

Social distancing and masks may still be necessary, but gatherings for entertainment and education can begin again. So, let’s draw up the curtain and welcome a new season of conversations!

Rudely Stamp’d is now booking performances for summer and fall 2021 for their newest play “Grant on the Eve of Victory.” Set in late March 1865, this one act play features a conversation between Lt. General U.S. Grant and war correspondent George Alfred Townsend of the New York World. This late night informal interview features Grant’s recollections about Maj. General William Tecumseh Sherman, the Battle of Shiloh, surrender of Vicksburg and his thoughts about Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Written and directed by Derek Maxfield, who also plays Grant, the play features Jess Scheuerman who portrays Townsend. Previously Scheuerman performed the part of Julia Grant in “Now We Stand by Each Other Always.”

Anyone interested in booking a show should contact Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu or by calling (585) 478-3753. The play is designed for both outdoor and indoor performances.

Introducing “Grant on the Eve of Victory”

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The pandemic has been a real bummer in many ways, including many Rudely Stamp’d shows cancelled. But things are looking up and requests for shows are beginning to roll in again. To celebrate, we would like to announce a new conversation available – “Grant on the Eve of Victory.”

Set in late March 1865, this one act play features a conversation between Lt. General U.S. Grant and war correspondent George Alfred Townsend of the New York World. This late night informal interview features Grant’s recollections about Maj. General William Tecumseh Sherman, the Battle of Shiloh, surrender of Vicksburg and his thoughts about Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Written and directed by Derek Maxfield, who also plays Grant, the play features Jess Scheuerman who portrays Townsend. Previously Scheuerman performed the part of Julia Grant in “Now We Stand by Each Other Always.”

“Grant on the Eve of Victory” will debut on Sept. 26th at the West Sparta, NY, Town Hall at 2:00 PM. The event is outdoors and open to the public.

Anyone interested in booking a show should contact Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu or by calling (585) 478-3753. The play is designed for both outdoor and indoor performances.

Generals play to packed house for Brunswick CWRT

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The winter campaign has certainly been a busy one for the generals!  We traveled to Florida in January, Ohio in February and have just returned from an incredible engagement in North Carolina.

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Rudely Stamp’d presented “Now We Stand by Each Other Always” to a packed house of 597 for the Brunswick CWRT on March 3rd – our largest audience to date – and enjoyed a sustained standing ovation for our efforts!  It was a truly memorable occasion as we also added Julia Grant, played by Jess Scheuerman, for the first time too.

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From left: Tracy Ford as Gen. Sherman, Derek Maxfield as Gen. Grant and Jess Scheuerman as Julia Grant

The spring campaign will kick off in April as the trio head to Butler, PA on April 9th, and Naples on April 18th for the Bristol Valley Theater.

To book a performance, contact Derek Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu or call 585-478-3753.

Introducing Julia Dent Grant

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Jessica Scheuerman as Julia Dent Grant

Rudely Stamp’d is pleased to welcome a new player to the mix – Jess Scheuerman.  Recently introduced in a performance for the Brunswick (NC) Civil War Round Table, Jess made her debut as Julia Dent Grant in our play “Now We Stand by Each Other Always” before an audience of over 500.

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Julia Grant

A reference librarian at Genesee Community College, Jess is a graduate of Adelphi University and the University of Buffalo.  She grew up in Kendall, NY and is the daughter of Bob and Linda Rossi.  A passionate Harry Potter fan, Jess also loves history and intends to pursue an M.A. in history in the near future.

Julia Dent Grant (1826-1902) was the wife of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant.  Born near St. Louis, MO, Julia was the daughter of Col. Frederick and Ellen Dent.  She and Ulysses had four children together – Fred, Ulysses, Jr., Nellie and Jesse.  A frequent visitor to the Civil War camps where her husband served she went on to be First Lady of the United States.

Julia makes her appearance in the play in act III when Sherman and Grant meet at City Point to plot out an end to the war.

Get Ready for Gen. Sherman’s 200th Birthday Bash!

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LANCASTER – The Fairfield County Heritage Association in Lancaster, Ohio, will celebrate Gen. William T. Sherman’s 200th birthday in a grand gala on Saturday, Feb. 8th from 6-10pm at The Mill Event Center, 431 S. Columbus St., in Lancaster.

The general himself, portrayed by Tracy Ford, will be there to assist in the celebration in Sherman’s home town.  As part of the festivities, the theater group Rudely Stamp’d will perform two acts from their critically-acclaimed play “Now We Stand by Each Other Always” – featuring Ford as Sherman and Derek Maxfield as Gen. Ulysses S. Grant.  By day, the men are mild mannered professors at Genesee Community College in Batavia, NY.

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Red-headed Gen. Sherman, holding the glass and looking maniacal, is portrayed by Tracy Ford.  To the far left, seated, is Gen. Grant portrayed by Derek Maxfield.

Performed now almost two dozen times in venues across the country, “Now We Stand by Each Other Always” features conversations between Gens. Grant and Sherman at critical times during the Civil War.  Act I takes place at Vicksburg, MS, as the men plan for the fall of the city to Union forces in July 1863.  Act II portrays a meeting between the generals in Cincinnati, Ohio, as the men plan for the Atlanta and Overland Campaigns in 1864.  Finally, Act III takes place at City Point, Virginia, as Sherman briefs his chief about his wildly successful exploits in Georgia, during the March to the Sea, and his campaign through the Carolinas.  The generals also plot an end to the remaining Confederate armies.  Acts II and III will be performed in Lancaster.

Refreshments will be served, along with coffee and tea. A cash bar will be available as well. A delicious and creative birthday cake, donated by The Confectionary, will be cut and served to guests.

Tickets are $40 in advance, available online at www.fairfieldheritage.com, by calling the office at 740-654-9923.

Tickets will be sold at the door for $45.

For more information about the play or to book a performance, contact Derek Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu.

Tour dates for Fall 2019

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Mark your calendar for upcoming performances of “Now We Stand by Each Other Always”:

Sept. 21st at the Buffalo-Niagara Heritage Village, Amherst, NY — 3:00 PM — Admission event

Sept. 28th at the Southeast Steuben County Library, Corning, NY — 2:00 PM — FREE

Oct. 23rd at the Hornell Public Library, Hornell, NY — 6:30 PM — FREE

For more information or to book a show, contact Derek Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu.

ECW Speakers Bureau Brochure Now Available

Check it out!

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Our friends at Emerging Civil War have just released a new Speakers Bureau brochure for 2019-20.  It includes some of the most knowledgeable and dynamic people I have ever known (as well as a shortish history professor some of you know).  It is a special group of people dedicated to sharing their scholarship with a broad audience.  Check it out: https://emergingcivilwar.com/2019/08/07/the-2019-2020-ecw-speakers-bureau-is-now-available/

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March along with the Generals on their summer campaign

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The Generals are on the rampage this summer as they perform “Now We Stand by Each Other Always” from town to town.

Fresh off their debut of all three acts in Pavilion, Gen. Grant and Gen. Sherman are preparing for shows in Akron, Attica and Medina.

The play is based on a series of conversations between the famous Union generals during the Civil War.  The friendship that developed between Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman is a touching story on a personal level, but it also was a recipe for the success of Union arms.  Beginning at Vicksburg in 1863, the play has a nice arch that allows audiences to see the evolution of the partnership between the generals.

Be sure to mark your calendars for upcoming shows:

8/4 @ 2:00 PM – Akron – C. Dee Wright Community Center, 7 Church St., Akron, NY – FREE (indoor performance)

8/24 @ 2:00 PM – Attica – Attica Historical Society, 130 Main St, Attica, NY (outdoor performance)

9/7 @ 1:00 PM – Medina – Genesee Community College, 11470 Maple Ridge Rd., Medina NY – FREE (outdoor performance)

For more information about booking or attending a performance, contact Derek Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu.