Captain Ferguson’s School For Balloon Warfare at 59e59



Oracle Theatre, Inc presents the world premiere of Captain Ferguson's School For Balloon Warfare, written by Isaac Rathbone and directed by Philip Emeott.

The one-man show opens at 59e59's Theatre C on the 25 Aug 2011, following previews from 23 Aug, and runs through to 3 Sep 2011.

On the eve of the US involvement in World War I, Captain Thomas Ferguson must transform a ragtag assembly of hayseeds and dropouts into a battalion of agile, tactically minded reconnaissance balloonists.

Unconcerned about the tactical limitations of his balloons, and believing that the new 'airplane' created by his friends Orville and Wilbur is a passing fad, Ferguson pitches himself and his men headlong against military convention, the German Army, and his superiors' orders. But with the Great War surging into France, Ferguson learns firsthand the price of hubris.

David Nelson stars as 'Captain Ferguson.' The design team includes James J. Fenton (set), Andrea Boccanfuso (lighting), Raquel Zarin (costume) and Zach Williamson (sound).

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