Rudely Stamp’d Rolls out new acts of “Now We Stand by Each Other Always”

Join us Wednesday and/or Friday as we premiere our new acts!

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IMG_4124Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman once chided a critic of his friend and superior Gen. Ulysses S. Grant by responding that “Grant stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood by him when he was drunk, and now, Sir, we stand by each other always.”

That iconic phrase now serves as the title of a play that will be performed this week at the Pavilion Methodist Church, corner of routes 63 & 19, in Pavilion, on Wednesday, 6/19 beginning at 6:30 PM, and on Saturday, 6/22,  at the Buffalo-Niagara Heritage Village, Amherst, NY at 4:00 PM.

“Now we stand by each other always” was written and is directed by Genesee Community College professor of history Derek Maxfield, who also plays the role of General Grant alongside his GCC colleague Tracy Ford, professor of English, who is General Sherman. Collectively known as “Rudely Stamp’d,” the original one act performance debuted…

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The Spring campaign to kick off with two new acts

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Set the cavalry in motion!  The spring campaign is about to kick-off!

Even if Spring did not bring warmth, Rudely Stamp’d will bring some heat with TWO NEW ACTS for their play “Now We Stand by Each Other Always.”

Debuting in September 2018, our production of “Now We Stand by Each Other Always” has featured one act set in March 1865 in City Point, Virginia.  After more than half a dozen performances, with more booked into March 2020, and critical acclaim, we have decided to build on our success with acts set in Vicksburg, Mississippi and Cincinnati, Ohio.

The premiere of our new three act production will be in Pavilion, NY, on June 19th at the United Methodist Church, 11115 East Park  St., and is being sponsored by the Genesee Valley Civil War Roundtable.  The show begins at 6:30 PM.  Admission is free and open to the public, but donations to the roundtable are encouraged.  The show will be outside, weather permitting.  Folks are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.  In case of inclement weather, the show will be inside the church.

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Just a few days later on June 22nd we will perform at the Buffalo-Niagara Heritage Village,  3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst.  Show begins at 4:00 PM.  Admission is $12.00.  The show will be outside, weather permitting.  Otherwise, it will be in the ballroom inside the museum.  Folks are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for an outdoor performance.  Heritage Village’s School of the Soldier program (10:00 am to 3:00 pm) and chicken BBQ dinner (3:00 to 4:00 pm) also being held June 22nd.

Prior to the play performance, attendees are invited to join us for an optional chicken dinner from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. Chicken dinners are $10 each and can be reserved when purchasing tickets for “Now We Stand by Each Other Always.” Chicken dinners are pre-pay only and orders must be received with “Now We Stand by Each Other Always” ticket purchases. Walk-in dinner orders are not available.

Tickets may be purchased at http://bnhv.org/event/now-we-stand-by-each-other-always/ or at the museum.  Anyone with questions may call 716-689-1440.

Our new Act I is set in June 1863; Grant and Sherman meet during the siege of Vicksburg to discuss military affairs just weeks before the surrender of the Gibraltar of the West.  Act II takes place in March 1864 in Cincinnati, Ohio; Grant has recently been promoted to Lt. General and is now commander-in-chief of all Union armies.  The generals meet to map out the Atlanta and Overland Campaigns. Act III takes place at City Point, VA – this is the act which we have performed to date.

The three acts together provide a nice arch to the story of the friendship between Grant and Sherman and gives the audience a fuller idea of how it developed.  Moreover, folks will get a good sense of how the pair’s view of the war – and how to fight it – evolved over this crucial two year period.

Please join us at one of these two great events – or perhaps book us for your event!  As always, for more information contact Derek Maxfield (Gen. Grant) at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu or call 585-293-7189.

 

 

Change of venue for West Seneca performance

PLEASE NOTE…

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Due to the threat of rain the performance of “Now We Stand by Each Other Always” in West Seneca has been moved to the WEST SENECA SENIOR CENTER, 4520 Seneca St., West Seneca, NY 14224.  The time remains the same – 7:00 PM.

Contact Derek Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu or Tom Schobert at tschobert49@hotmail.com with any questions.

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Grant and Sherman off to West Seneca

Come out for our next performance…

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Sherman rants_Hoag event Rudely Stamp’d features Derek Maxfield as Grant (left) and Tracy Ford as Sherman (right).

The West Seneca Historical Society is bracing for the arrival of the Civil War in their neighborhood as Rudely Stamp’d will bring their production “Now We Stand by Each Other Always” to that neck of the woods on May 29th at 7:00 PM.

The play features an engaging conversation between Generals Grant and Sherman in March 1865 – near the end of the Civil War. Sherman recounts his famous Atlanta Campaign and March to the Sea and the men plot how to finish off the Confederate armies.  The play stars Derek Maxfield as Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, Tracy Ford as Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman and West Seneca native Tom Schobert as Gen. John A. Rawlins.  Tom Bowers joins the trio as Lt. Colonel Horace Porter.

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Generals Grant and Sherman to lay Siege to Albion’s Hoag Library

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Generals Grant and Sherman will invade the Hoag Library in Albion on Wednesday, April 17th and lay siege to the place if necessary.  There GCC professors Derek Maxfield and Tracy Ford will present their play “Now We Stand by Each Other Always.”

The play features an engaging conversation between Generals Grant and Sherman in March 1865 – near the end of the Civil War.  Sherman recounts his famous Atlanta Campaign and March to the Sea and the men plot how to finish off the Confederate armies.

The presentation is FREE and open to the public.  For more information contact the Hoag Library in Albion or Derek Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu.

 

 

Rudely Stamp’d on Campaign

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The generals at the Morgan-Manning House

The Spring campaign has begun and the generals are busy riding from town to town.  We are excited that our play has been expanded to three acts now.  Although we still offer our original act, we now can offer a program with a fuller arch to the friendship between Gens. Grant and Sherman.  The new acts feature conversations at Vicksburg and Cincinnati.

Folks can catch a performance at these upcoming events:

April 17th at the Hoag Library, 7:00 PM, Albion, NY (Act III only) – open to the public

April 29th at Amberleigh Assisted Living Facility, 6:30 PM, Williamsville, NY (Act III only)

May 29th at West Seneca Historical Society, 7:00 PM, West Seneca, NY (Act III only) – open to the public

June 19th at Genesee Valley Civil War Roundtable, 7:00 PM, Pavilion Methodist Church, corner of 63 & 19, Pavilion, NY (ALL THREE ACTS) – open to the public

June 22nd at the Buffalo-Niagara Heritage Village, TBD, Amherst, NY (ALL THREE ACTS) – open to the public (admission $)

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Derek Maxfield as Gen. Ulysses S. Grant

To book a performance, contact Derek Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu or call 585-343-0055 ext. 6288 or 585-293-7189.

 

Morgan-Manning House to Host Generals

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BROCKPORT – The Western Monroe Historical Society will host Rudely Stamp’d on March 22nd at 7:00 PM at the Morgan-Manning House in Brockport, NY for one show of their play “Now We Stand by Each Other Always.”

The play features a conversation between Union Civil War generals Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman, which took place at City Point, VA, in March 1865 – near the end of the Civil War.  The famous cigar-chomping pair consider how best to close out the war as Sherman regales his chief with his exploits in Georgia.

The play is free and open to the public.  Donations to the historical society are encouraged.  For more information contact Prof. Derek Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu or the Morgan-Manning House business office at (585) 637-3645.