Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Sunday, February 28, 2010

"Doc & Kate: Legends and Lovers"

Last night a group of us went out to Pioneer Village (http://www.pioneeraz.org/)for a dinner/theater program featuring our friends, Wyatt and Terry Earp. Terry is a playwrite and actress who has written a series of plays based on Wyatt Earp, "Doc" Holliday and their women. They have performed them all around the world. (http://wyattearp.biz/default.htm)

The play was held in the old opera house. Wyatt (Yes, that really is his name and he is related)opened as Gentleman "Doc" Holliday and kept is all entranced with his story. Then Terry played "Big Nose" Kate in her later years, looking back on her life with "Doc." Both plays were moving and there were many tears at the end.

As for me, I have the Tombstone bug again, and we are planning a weekend trip. I'm also anxious to get back to work on my research into the lives and legends of the Old West.

Wyatt and Terry are an inspiration to us all. Their energy, dedication and talent have touched so many people. I like to think I've inspired a few people in my time.

Going out to Pioneer reminded me of our Girl Scout leader days when one of our troop's service projects was to go out and plant rose bushes around the Victorian house at Pioneer. The girls were then able to learn how to make old fashioned toys at the old church. It was a beautiful day.

We all have our own talents to share. Sit down and make a list of the things you might be able to share with others. Even if it is just one person you will have made a difference.


  1. What an interesting play. i am very interested in hearing more about your research.

  2. I didn't get to see this program, but I think Terry Earp is a remarkable person. She continues to share her talent despite suffering adversity that might stop others. And I have memories of going out to Pioneer years ago with a friend from California who was doing musical dinner theater over here. We took some pictures in the little church. I think there was a small organ there at the time, and when she sat down as if playing, I snapped a photo. Acting and music -- talents I think I would have liked to have but definitely don't, so thanks, Rita, for let us know that we all have something to share.

  3. The play sounds like it was fantastic! Enjoy your weekend in Tombstone. I look forward to seeing you soon!

  4. That does sound fascinating, Rita. Both Terry and Wyatt sound like amazing people and how fortunate you are to know them.


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