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.

 

 

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.