Bellingham TheatreWorks 2017 Season
Mrs. Bave Presents the Pig War
Written by Steve Lyons Directed by Mark Kuntz
September & October 2017
The almost true story of a play that nearly happened about a war that never occurred
Bellingham TheatreWorks continues its commitment to celebrating stories of significance to the Pacific Northwest by premiering Steve Lyons' comedy Mrs. Bave Presents the Pig War. At the center of this play is the Pig War of 1859, which was a border dispute between the United States and Britain over the San Juan Islands. This war is significant because ultimately there was no war! Peace was chosen over war.
This is the wacky tale of Emilia Bave and her San Juan Saga. Mrs. Bave's play was originally presented in 1959 on San Juan Island in celebration of the centennial of the Pig War. The premier of the play featured local acting talent. However, when she wanted to re-mount the play the following year, she found the locals had not been bitten by the acting bug. No one wanted to be in her play! Undaunted, she re-wrote the script to be a narration with the reluctant actors replaced by mannequins.
She presented her pageant to unsuspecting visitors for nearly 20 years.
In Mrs. Bave Presents the Pig War, Mrs. Bave's Pig War mannequins spring to life, but with Mrs. Bave still firmly in control as ring master. But can she whip these cantankerous Pig War characters into shape before opening night? And will Captain Pickett ever keep his hands to himself?
The Pig War is one of the only examples in our country's history in which peace is chosen over war. And we have this amazing story in our own backyard!!