John "Babbacombe" Lee, "The Man They Could Not Hang"
Hipbone Studio
Portland, OR
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Friday Jan 18, 2013 8:00 PM - Saturday Jan 26, 2013 8:00 PM | $15.00


John "Babbacombe" Lee, "The Man They Could Not Hang"

This January, Lawrence Howard, creator of the Armchair Adventurer Series, brings his latest true, historical story to the stage, the world premiere of John "Babbacombe" Lee.

The time is November, 1884. The place is the sleepy village of Babbacombe, on the Devonshire coast of England. An elderly spinster is brutally murdered and her body set on fire. Suspicion falls upon her manservant, John Lee. A three-ring circus of a trial ensues. Lee is convicted on circumstantial evidence and sentenced to be hanged, but on the day of the execution the trap doors of the gallows fail to open not once, not twice, but three times. Was it mechanical failure or divine intervention? Was Lee really innocent, as he claimed? And if he didn't do it, who did?

Join us at Hipbone Studio this January as Portland Story Theater's acclaimed Armchair Adventurer series takes a sharp detour from Antarctica to present John Babbacombe Lee, the true story of "the man they could not hang." This provocative mix of story and theater runs Fridays and Saturdays, January 18, 19, 25, and 26, 2012, 8:00 p.m. at Hipbone Studio, home to Portland Story Theater.

Written and performed by Lawrence Howard
Directed by Lynne Duddy


Hipbone Studio
1847 East Burnside
Portland, OR 97214
United States


Arts > Literary
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre

Minimum Age: 16
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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