Wild Production's "John Muir" Touring Schedule - 1997
The John Muir shows performed by Lee Stetson are presented in
Yosemite National Park from May through October, and tour around
the country during the "off-season", roughly October 1 through the
end of April. The schedule below indicates confirmed
engagements, though many others are pending. If your
organization, community or school would like to sponsor one of
these productions, please review the
below and contact Lee Stetson at:
Yosemite, California 95389
Telephone: (209) 379-2431
1997 Touring Schedule of Lee Stetson as John Muir
1997 Schedule in process.
Thank you for your interest in Wild Productions. We have now
dedicated more than a decade to successfully presenting hundreds
of these entertaining and educational shows based on the
writings of John Muir to many thousands of people nationwide --
at national and state parks, universities, elementary schools,
museums, wilderness and environmental organizations, corporate
board rooms, zoos, cruise ships, conventions, and campfires. We
are delighted at the prospect of performing in your community,
and will do all possible to make it an easy and rewarding
1997-1998 booking dates are still available for each of the
following one-person presentations.
Conversation With A Tramp; An Evening With John Muir.
has within it the essence of Muir's biography, a number of
adventure stories, is quite humorous in spots, and has as it's
essential theme the value of the land ethic, centered around the
loss of Hetch Hetchy Valley, Muir's last great environmental
battle. Of all the Muir shows, it is probably the best
introduction to both Muir the man, and to his thinking.
Stickeen and Other Fellow Mortals.
This is a series of Muir's
encounters with the animal kingdom - snakes, bears, wild and
(hilarious) domestic sheep, the passenger pigeon etc., as well
the adventure story of Stickeen, a little dog with whom Muir
gets lost in a storm on an Alaskan glacier. The basic themes
revolve around animal rights and the problem of extinction. The
Story of Stickeen, about an hour long, is often done as single
piece, particularly for schools.
The Spirit of John Muir.
This show is a series of some of the
grand, thrilling adventures Muir had in and around the Yosemite
Valley, Alaska and Mt. Shasta, salted liberally with his
wilderness philosophy, and it's theme revolves around the health
and invigoration one acquires when one fully engages wildness.
All of the Muir shows are performed by actor Lee Stetson.
Length of Show.
Each production has at least an hour and a
half of material, and can be presented as a two-act show,
requiring an intermission. However, they are often presented in
an hour length format, and are frequently tailored to meet
specific needs of theme and/or time. Conventions, banquets,
outdoor shows and schools often have schedules requiring less
than an hour for presentation, and all of these shows are easily
Occasionally, in addition to the
performance, the actor can offer one of several workshop/lecture
sessions, including Acting For The Stage, The Creation of a
One-Person Stage Show, and Story-telling. Lee Stetson also
offers a popular lecture on Arts And the Environment. Lee also
pulls material from the various productions to present the
character of Muir as he would view the current day or to
emphasize a particular theme.
All technical needs for the various
productions have been deliberately simplified, and in many cases
nothing is required save that the performer be seen and heard.
The requirements for full technical productions are fully
described on the Technical Data Sheet enclosed.
The basic fee for all shows is $1,500 per performance,
plus travel expenses and accommodations. The basic fee is
negotiable in some limited situations. A reduction in the per
performance fee for any booking of two or more shows is often
possible. A 10% deposit is required to secure a confirmed
engagement, along with a letter of confirmation citing time,
place, and fee agreement. The remainder fee is due immediately
These expenses are usually calculated from
Yosemite, CA, and the nearest airport is Fresno, CA. Touring
expenses can sometimes be significantly reduced by sharing the
costs with a number of host organizations.
A motel or hotel as close to the performance as
possible is generally preferred.
The playing area for any of the productions needs to be only 20
feet deep and 15 feet wide. Smaller areas may be made to work.
A thrust stage is preferred, but any configuration will work
well. All of the shows can be done outdoors as well.
None of the sets require walls, but each requires a few
furniture pieces to suggest the environment. And if the
presentation is to be done in one act, without an intermission,
and no longer than an hour or so, only a few of the furniture
pieces may be required. A list of furniture for each production
is listed below.
Lighting should simply be focused on the playing area, with as
little "bleeding" as possible. The background is best black or
neutral. The operation of the lights requires no special cues,
though it should allow for a simple fading up at the beginning
and fading down at the end of each act.
Though not always necessary for less than two-act presentations,
the actor will bring pre-show music for audience enjoyment. A
good sound system (tape deck, amplifier, speakers) is required.
For Conversation with a Tramp, in the two act version, internal
cues are necessary, but the actor will provide a tape deck, and
will require only the ability to plug into an amplifier. The
plug must be,, or adaptable to, standard phone jacks, and the
cues are run by the performer on stage. If the auditorium is
large, has poor acoustics, or if the show is presented outdoors,
a remote (lapel) mike is required.
These are brought to the production by the actor.
All of the productions in their full length, two-act versions
require some turn-of-the-century furniture. Other versions may
require some but not all of the following furniture.
Conversation With A Tramp and Stickeen and Other Fellow Mortals.
A fireplace with mantle (preferred) or a wood stove, a rocking
chair and low footstool for it, a large desk and a chair to
match, a coat rack, a wastebasket, and two dozen or so old
books. If a wood stove is provided instead of a fireplace,
another small table would be needed. Not necessary, but helpful
in dressing the set, would be plants, large and small, a large
throw rug, an old typewriter, and such things as a naturalist
would have in his study - pine cones, fossils, rocks, etc. The
Spirit of John Muir can use the identical set above, but only a
stool (chair high) is absolutely necessary.
Each performance requires at least one competent technician,
familiar with the auditorium's sound and lighting facilities, to
help set up, run the lights, and strike the set. All of the
technical needs should be in place before the performer arrives,
and at least two hours before curtain, the performer and the
technician will set sound and light levels. All of the
furniture should be in the center of the playing area when the
performer arrives for sound and light check. That's it.
Additional Materials Which Can Be Provided
Audience Program Notes, providing information on the content of
the particular show(s) you've expressed an interest in, as well
as biographical data on the actor and writer. These notes can
be copied or edited in any way suitable to your organization.
Program notes should always include the address for Wild
Photographs of the performer, for publicity purposes.
Other publicity material, quotes, reviews, articles, all of
which can be freely adapted to suit your needs.
Current Touring Schedule, which may make it easier to reduce
Order Form for audio and video tapes.
Please write or call Lee Stetson, 209-379 2431, (after 10:00 a.m.
and before 6:00 p.m., Pacific Coast Time) for information or for setting a
date for a presentation.
Again, we truly appreciate your
interest and hope to bring one of our productions to your
community or organization one day soon.